When it comes to Survivor winners, history (and the fans) tend to favor players with loud, bold gameplay, while those with quieter, more under the radar strategy tend to get cast aside. Sophie Clarke is a prime example of that; while she may not be as well-known as, say, Parvati Shallow, we believe that she's in the top 10 players of the returning winners on Survivor: Winners at War.
Take a look back at Sophie's win, and find out why she feels like a totally new player on Survivor's 40th season.
Which season of Survivor did Sophie win?
Sophie won Survivor: South Pacific in 2011. The season got off to an interesting start when host Jeff Probst revealed that each tribe would be joined by a returning player. Coach Wade and Ozzy Lusth ended up being those players—and Coach joined Sophie's tribe, Upolu. While she was initially skeptical about him, Coach and Sophie ended up in an alliance together with Rick Nelson, Albert Destrade, Edna Ma, and Brandon Hantz.
After the merge, the Upolu alliance systematically eliminated the minority alliance, and Sophie won two immunity challenges along the way. But even after the alliance eventually had to turn on each other, Sophie was able to convince Coach to side with her votes.
Sophie went on to win the final immunity challenge, and at the final tribal council, she pleaded her case alongside Coach and Albert. While the jury didn't like her often sardonic style of speaking, she was praised for her strategy, and she was able to point of Coach's many manipulations. She went on to win the season in a 6-3-0 vote.
What is Sophie Clarke doing now?
After Survivor, Sophie returned to med school, but she told Entertainment Weekly that she never practiced medicine because she didn't like it. "I quit, I left it. I kind of credit Survivor a bit with giving me the guts to make those kind of decisions," she explained. "I’m not sure had I not done Survivor if I would’ve been the kind of person to have the courage to get off that moving treadmill of medicine."
Why did Sophie Clarke come back for Survivor 40?
Sophie actually revealed to EW that she's been trying to come back to Survivor for a very long time: "I think I’ve gotten called almost every single year since I’ve been on the show and I’ve been to the finals casting once, but I think that it’s probably for the best that I haven’t come back until now....As much as I really wanted to play over the last eight years, and as I much as I was crushed when I was an alternate, I feel like I’m now getting to come back."
As for her strategy, Sophie said she hopes to endear herself to people by opening up, and she knows that she'll need to connect with every single player, instead of focusing on just one core alliance of a couple of people. "The one thing that’s happened in the last eight years of Survivor is that it’s so fluid, it’s not enough to have a two- or three-person alliance that’s really close," she told EW. "You have to have a relationship with every single person so that you can, at the flip of a dime, switch over to someone."
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