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Laurel Johnson

Age: 29
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Current residence: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Occupation: Financial Consultant

Hobbies: Watching Survivor, playing beach volleyball, and the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle.

Pet peeves: Incompetence, indecisiveness, and open-mouth chewers.

Three words to describe you: Driven, focused, and calculated.

What's your personal claim to fame?
My college volleyball team winning our division championship. It's one thing to compete at the highest level, but it's another to win and be the best at it.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My parents—for their dedication, support, and all the values they instilled in me.

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why?
Crossword puzzle book to keep my mind sharp, keep me sane, and give me a way to tune everyone out, a camera to capture every single moment, and a self-addressed envelope—so there's no confusion as to where to send the million dollar check to.

Which Survivor contestant are you most like?
Todd. I'll be a smart player, shrewd, and pulling all the strings, a snake (but unbeknownst to others), and run circles around anyone in a final tribal speech. Also, Sophie. Not afraid to get stuff done, stand up for myself, and tell the boys what to do. I'll be the smartest player there.

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
The title of Sole Survivor and the challenge.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
I'm a triple threat to win this game—I'm a former college athlete, an Ivy League graduate, and I know the game better than anyone else out there. I'm a superfan who knows better than to let the game pass me by and I will always fight for every single inch.