Wednesday night brought not only the second black woman to win “Survivor” in the show’s history, but also one of the youngest (fifth youngest, to be exact) in 23-year-old Maryanne Oketch. Besides, it would have brought the series too. oldest Winner, in the end second-placed Mike Turner could have won.
So, who are the other recent winners in the show’s history? Well, even though the minimum age for participation was lowered from 21 to 18 in 2008 (around the show’s 18th season), and although several 18- to 20-year-old contestants took part, no one under 21 was able to win the million dollar -Take home prize. Maybe that’s just a coincidence, or maybe Maryanne was right during the finale when she talked about younger contestants being strategically targeted earlier than others.
Anyway, here are the 10 youngest people to ever win “Survivor” as of season 42. (Note: the ages listed here are as of the date the jury votes were cast, not the reunion date the votes were announced.):
Adam Klein’s placement on this list is appropriate given how he represented America’s millennials in the 2016 season. However, he was nowhere near the youngest of his tribe; his fellow tribesman, 18-year-old Will Wahl, was (and still is) the youngest person to ever take part in the show. Adam was just under 25 years and 4 months old when he made the Final Tribal Council alongside 24-year-old “Millennial” Hannah Shapiro and 33-year-old “Gen Xer” Ken McNickle; Adam won in a landslide unanimous vote.
Parvati Shallow, often considered one of the greatest to ever play the game, was 25 when she returned in 2007 for her second – and only winning – appearance in season 16 of Micronesia – Fans vs. Favourites . She had clearly grown in the year since appearing in her first season, Cook Islands, and had achieved her most successful performance to date. When she made it into the Final Tribal Council along with her “favourite” Amanda Kimmel, who was only 23 at the time, she was 25 and 2 years old ½ month (two months, two weeks and a day to be exact).
Michele Fitzgerald appeared in the 32nd season of the show “Kaôh Rōng” where she was inducted into the “Beauty” tribe. Though underappreciated by competitors and viewers alike, Michele ended up playing a masterful under-the-radar game and clinching the prize money in a 5-2-0 jury vote just two days after her 25th birthday. She ended up returning for Winners at War season 40, where she made it to the Final Tribal Council and became the only winner of that season to never be voted out of her entire Survivor career.
Even though Tocantins season 18 was filmed in its first year, allowing 18-20 year olds to compete, and even though it produced what was then the youngest contestant to ever appear on the show — 19-year-old Spencer Duhm — it didn’t the youngest winner of the show. However, it produced the seventh youngest winner (fourth youngest at the time) in Alabaman Farmboy JT Thomas, who was approximately 24.5 years old (24 years, 5 months, 2 weeks and 3 days to be exact). ) when the final votes were cast.
Though he played a decidedly dominant game and was the first person to ever secure a so-called “perfect game” (i.e., had not cast a vote against them while receiving a unanimous jury vote), JT’s heyday was undeniably in his youth, eh he returned to “Survivor” twice and made stupid choices that eliminated him both times.
Aras Baskauskas is another young winner, appearing in a season where tribes were originally separated by age (and gender); of course, Aras was placed in the “younger men” tribe. He was just under 24 and 2 ½ months until he reached the Final Tribal Council along with 24-year-old Danielle DiLorenzo (who is a little less than 4 months older than Aras).
Our newest winner, Maryanne, is not only the second black female, first Canadian (alongside Erika Casupanan) and first female (also alongside Erika) to win in seven seasons, she is also one of our youngest to win the award home with only 23 years, 5 months and 10 days. In Wednesday’s final, she spoke about how the younger guys, particularly Zach Wurtenberger, Swati Goel, Lydia Meredith and Tori Meehan, tended to be targeted early and realized she had to factor that into her strategy:
Todd Herzog, also considered a legend among Survivor strategists, was just 22 years old when he used his superfan knowledge to dominate the season of China. Like Parvati, he sat next to Amanda on the Final Tribal Council, who was just a day away from her 23rd birthday that day. They were also joined by runner-up Courtney Yates, who was 26 years old. the youngest castaway of the “Tocantins”, although the relationship did not last.
One of just three 21-year-olds to win the game, Sophie Clarke was just three days away from her 22nd birthday when she won season 23 “South Pacific,” beating out the older and far more experienced Benjamin “Coach” Wade , who was almost 40, and 26-year-old Albert Destrade, in a landslide 6-3-0 vote. She would return for Winners at War nearly ten years later, but was caught off guard on day 28, finishing in 10th place.
21-year-old Jenna Morasca was long thought to be the youngest winner of “Survivor”; a title that would not be taken from her for another 7 years. Seen as largely weak and spoiled at the start of the game, by the end of 39 days Jenna was commended by the judges for the growth and maturity she has shown during her time on the island. This led to the first-ever overwhelming 6-1 jury vote in which she defeated 33-year-old Matthew von Ertfelda. However, like Sophie, she was 22 when the jury’s votes were read and she actually received the money.
In 2010, Jud “Fabio” Birza – nicknamed after the famous model for his aloof, laid-back, California surfer-dude attitude – became the youngest-ever winner on “Survivor,” a record he still holds to this day. “Fabio” narrowly beat 24-year-old Chase Rice 5-4 and was just 21 years, 1 month and 10 days when he scooped the million dollar prize, having turned 21 just two days before filming began had grown old. To date, he is also the only winner who was 21 when he received the check.