Cole Knows Exactly What He Should Have Done Differently On Survivor Plus, this season's second jury member shares when he'll see former castaway Jessica next.
Posted on Nov 27, 2017 12:25pm

During the latest Survivor Tribal Council, 24-year-old Cole Medders had a feeling he was on the chopping block, so when he heard his name called as the next eliminated castaway, it didn't come as a huge surprise.

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We caught up with the wilderness therapy guide following his elimination from Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers to hear what he had to say about being voted out, doing handstands on boats, and where his relationship with Jessica lies today.

When Mike used his Idol, what did you think would happen?

Cole Medders: Once he pulled his Idol out and he also pulled a fake Idol out for Joe, I knew 100 percent that it was me going home.

What was going through your mind when you learned your fate at Tribal?

Cole: I had expected it. I saw it coming. It was in no way a blindside, so I had already sort of made my peace with it earlier in the day. I was definitely prepared to leave.

Looking back, is there anything you think you could have done differently to escape elimination?

Cole: In the moment, no, but days ahead of that, yes. I could have not taken food or rubbed Ben the wrong way. I could have thrown the plate away at the spaghetti reward and even all the way back, not tell Joe where that first Idol was. My decision-making got progressively worse the whole time.

Do you have a favorite unaired moment you can share with Survivor fans?

Cole: I think one of the best moments was the yacht reward with the sandwich feast. We all had quite a bit to drink and we were all pretty tipsy, feeling really good, and I decided to go up to the front of the boat with everyone watching and do a handstand on the railing.

I get about half way up in the handstand and I kind of tumble forward a little bit, and almost tumble off the front of the boat into the ocean. But, I grabbed the railing at the last second to save myself. We had a good laugh.

You mentioned wanting to spend more time with Jess at the end of the episode. What's the latest with you two?

Cole: We talk on the phone quite a bit. We've hung out in L.A. once, Chicago once, and have a ski trip planned in the future with some of the other cast. Yeah, it's a friendship right now, but who knows what could happen?

You were such a challenge beast this season. How'd you train for Survivor?

Cole: I don't do a lot of traditional sports. I'm a big rock climber, and I do trail running and a little yoga. Kind of like outdoorsy stuff. I think it gives you a lot of balance and a type of strength that's really useful in Survivor challenges… not just being athletic but having a different type of coordination.

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What's your biggest takeaway from Survivor?

Cole: Being out there and hearing about how much family meant to everyone and how they were out there playing Survivor for their families to improve their families' lives really impacted me. That's why I'm back home right now and have been since the show [ended]. I've been with my family, helping out.

How was playing Survivor different than watching from home?

Cole: It's a hell of a game. Who knew it would be so difficult? I thought going in it was going to be a walk in the park for me. I had no idea how hungry I was going to be and also how lonely I was going to be out there, because emotionally, you're alone.

You can't trust anyone and you can't fully confide in anyone. I think that's why I was really bummed to see Jessica go, because I had at least someone I could trust to some extent out there with me.

Would you ever come back to compete a second time?

Cole: I would come back in a heartbeat. I think the mistakes I made are very easily fixed. They're the type of mistakes I could change if I played again. I think I could make it a lot further or even win if I did play again.

Watch all-new episodes of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers on Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.