Survivor Gabon cast revealed, includes an Olympian and an actor

The cast of Survivor Gabon was announced this morning, and it includes an Olympic gold medalist, a doctor, an actress/pin-up model, and a world champion gamer. Crystal Cox won a gold in relay during the 2004 Olympics, while Jessica “Sugar” Kiper has been on many TV shows.

The 18 players include seven are from California and two from Florida, and once again, most are in their 20s. Of the 13 in their 20s, an astonishing five people are 29. Retired nurse Gillian is the oldest at 61, although physics teacher Bob is close behind at 58, and two others are in their late 40s. They all preview their strategies and personalities in the video below.

Earlier this summer, I met and talked with all of them in Africa before the game began, so I’ve been eager for this day to arrive. I spent a week in Gabon along with a few other members of the media, covering the show, including the first three days of production, the entire first episode. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be posting at least daily with pre-show interviews with each of the cast members and other stories. And after the (now-expanded) first episode airs, I’ll have even more to report.

For the record, I agreed not to reveal the identities of the cast members before today (which is ironic considering how many have already been identified online) and also not to talk about what happens on the first episode until after it airs–which of course I wouldn’t do anyway, because I don’t want to ruin the show for anyone. But there’s lots of on-location Survivor stuff to come over the next few weeks.

From CBS’ web site, here’s the video featuring brief interviews with the cast members, plus shots of the incredible Gabon landscape:

Survivor Gabon [CBS]

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