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Morgan Ricke

Age: 29
Hometown: New Albany, Indiana
Current residence: Orlando, Florida
Occupation: Marine Animal Trainer

Hobbies: Sleeping, cheering for the South Carolina Gamecocks, and binge watching true crime documentaries.

Pet peeves: Feet, cold weather, and a shortage of ketchup.

Three words to describe you: Bubbly, stubborn, and determined.

What's your personal claim to fame?
Accomplishing my childhood dream of becoming a killer whale trainer at SeaWorld Orlando!

Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My parents. They have been married for 32 years and have raised five successful, happy, and healthy children. They have stuck by each other's side through all the ups and downs over the years and have never given up on one another!

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why?
Lip balm—I'm addicted—a space heater to keep me warm, and a super comfy pair of sweatpants.

Which Survivor contestant are you most like?
Kelley Wentworth. She was strategic, strong, sneaky, and a fighter. She wasn't afraid to make big moves. She played her own game and didn't hide in anyone's shadow.

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
It has always been one of my dreams to be on Survivor. I have been a fan of the show since Season 2 and I know I have what it takes to be the Sole Survivor. Additionally, I would love to see a new part of the world and a million dollars wouldn't be bad either.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
Being resilient, strong, and fearless are nice traits that should translate well on the island. For example, at a younger age I was a competitive gymnast on the national level and sustained a career-ending injury. Doctors told me I would never compete again as a gymnast, nor play other sports. Fortunately, in high school, I went to state finals in volleyball and diving and then earned a D1 diving scholarship to the University of South Carolina. Go Gamecocks!