BOSTON She laughed. She wept. She walked. She ran. For amputee Adrianne Haslet, the Boston Marathon was a grueling 10 1/2 -hour odyssey.

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'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' has been a season full of twists where husbands and wives, mothers and daughters and even siblings have had to compete against one another. That's exactly what happened to 25-year-old Katie Collins. The New York, N.Y. resident went head to head with her mother, Tina Wesson (winner of 'Survivor: Australia'), after her tribe was forced to draw rocks when they couldn't come to a consensus on which player should be sent packing. Collins had the misfortune of picking the only white rock amongst a bag of black ones, which cost her the opportunity to continue in the game. She had one more shot at clawing her way back, though, once she entered the Redemption Island arena. However, the experience and skill of both her mother and fellow former 'Survivor' alum, Laura Morett, proved to be too much for Collins to overcome. I recently spoke with Collins, who became this season's first female jury member. 

TME: Are you shocked at how long you lasted in the game or are you disappointed with where you placed?

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He may not have won the game, but Vytas Baskauskas did outlast his brother on the CBS hit reality show 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water.' Baskauskas lasted 27 days (two more than his sibling Aras) in a game that requires contestants to outwit, outlast and outplay one another on a remote island for $1 million. Vytas played a great social game and was well liked by both the veteran players and the first-time players. However, he was ultimately sent home when fellow moms Tina and Laura M. teamed up to defeat him on Redemption Island. I recently spoke with Baskauskas by phone, who said he has no hard feelings towards the duo that defeated him.

The Maine Edge: You and your brother are both competitive. Are you surprised you outlasted him on 'Survivor?'

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Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:31

Alabama farmer loses chance to win Survivor'

The conditions on 'Survivor' didn't bother Caleb Bankston a bit. This farm boy from Alabama admitted he is used to hard work and the heat. However, his strategy and loyalty were both put to the test early in the season when his fianc, former 'Survivor: One World' contestant Colton Cumbie, outright quit the game. But Bankston was able to recover from that drama quickly and make an even bigger move in the game when he successfully knocked out one of this season's most recognizable players - former NFL player Brad Culpepper. I recently spoke with Bankston about his time on the show and whether or not he's upset about now being part of the 'Survivor' jury.

The Maine Edge: Are you bummed you're part of the jury?

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The red headed, fair skinned, self proclaimed geek John Cochran of Washington, D.C. is in a league of his own. He successfully won Survivor Caramoan this week by securing the vote of every single member of the jury which was made up of contestants he had a hand in knocking out of the game. The Harvard law student has been watching the show since he was 13 and even wrote a paper about it in law school. He got the opportunity to see the game from the inside when he was invited to participate in Survivor South Pacific, but he was the 13th person voted out during that season. This season, he made it all the way to the end when he aligned himself with former Survivor South Pacific player, Dawn Meehan of Utah and newcomer Sherri Biethman of Boise, Idaho. The trio lasted 39 grueling days on the island, but in the end it was Cochran who pulled out the win. I recently spoke with the Washington, D.C. native about his winning strategy and what he plans to do with his one million dollar prize.

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One of the three amigos (the name of the three Survivor contestants not a part of the core alliance) was voted off the island this week. Twenty-five year old Malcolm Freberg of California fought hard to stay in the game by winning challenges and finding hidden immunity idols when he needed to. However, in this week's episode Freberg paid $480 at the 'Survivor auction' for a clue to where another immunity idol was hidden. I recently spoke with Freberg about that purchase that he was never able to cash in on.

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Fifty four year old Phillip Sheppard, one of the most outspoken Survivor: Caramoan contestants, was taken out of the game this week when the three players outside of the tribe's strong alliance (known as 'Stealth R Us') all received immunity or played their hidden immunity idols. 

Over and over again, Sheppard shared with viewers and Survivor players how good he was at reading people and knowing when they were lying since he is a former FBI special agent. However, that special power wasn't enough for the remaining players to keep him around. The California native now becomes the second member of the jury, a position he's never been in before since he made it to the final three during his first time playing on Survivor Redemption Island. I recently spoke with the Sheppard and asked if he had any regrets.

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Friday, 12 April 2013 12:28

Mainer voted off Survivor: Caramoan

Michael Snow used every ounce of his Maine ingenuity on Survivor: Caramoan but it just wasn't enough to win the million dollar prize. The 44-year-old, who now lives in New York, grew up in southern Maine and outlasted nine other contestants on the CBS reality show that tests players physical, social and mental stamina on a remote island over a 39 day period. Unfortunately during this season, Snow found himself pitted against experienced players - a tribe of past contestants known as the 'Favorites' who have shown they're all hungry for a second chance at victory. I recently spoke with Snow who was surprised to learn how difficult and deflating losing challenges week after week could be.


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At 21-years-old, Julia Landauer was one of this year's youngest Survivor: Caramoan contestants. But age, inexperience and bad luck proved to be a deadly combination in the game. During last week's team swap, this racecar driver from California found herself, Michael and Matt now members of the new Bikal tribe where former Survivor players - Phillip, Corinne, Cochran and Dawn ruled the roost. And when the Bikal tribe lost the immunity challenge,  there was nothing Landauer could do to convince the team to let her stay in the race for the million dollars. I recently spoke with Landauer who was disappointed that her Survivor experience included competing against former Survivor greats.

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The tribes may have been reconfigured this week on the reality show Survivor: Caramoan but the results remained the same - another player from the original Gota tribe was sent home. That player was 38-year-old Matt Bischoff of Ohio. Bischoff, Michael and Julia found themselves part of the new Bikal tribe but unevenly matched against the four original members of the tribe. That meant one of them would surely have their torch snuffed out since the numbers weren't in their favor. I recently spoke with Matt who admittedly was hoping to go further in the game then he did, but still enjoyed his Survivor experience.

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