Sierra Dawn Thomas -- 5 things to know about the 'Survivor: Game Changers' castaway
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/02/2017
Sierra Dawn Thomas is one of the returning castaways to get another chance at winning $1 million on Survivor: Game Changers this spring.
Sierra, a 29-year-old from Roy, UT, was dubbed a barrel racer when she first appeared on Survivor.
This all-stars season, the franchise's 34th edition, will premiere with a special two-hour episode on Wednesday, March 8 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS. The show's debut marksSurvivor's milestone 500th episode.
Survivor: Game Changers, filmed in the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji in June and July 2016, will feature 20 castaways who are being billed as having made some of the biggest moves in the history of the game divided into two tribes, Mana and Nuku, that are each comprised of 10 veteran players.
- Sierra previously played on Season 30, Survivor: Worlds Apart, in 2015 and finished in fifth place when she was 27 years old.
- Sierra was eliminated from the season when the Final 4 castaways betrayed and voted her out together. Sierra was ultimately beaten by fourth-place finisher Rodney Lavoie Jr., third-place finisher Will Sims II, runner-up Carolyn Rivera, and winner Mike Holloway.
- She is best remembered for playing an under-the-radar game, and her tribemates criticized her for refusing to make any big moves in order to stand out. Sierra's unwavering loyalty to her fellow Blue Collar castaways hurt her in the long run.
- Sierra was the National Champion Barrel Racer and All Around Cowgirl in High School Rodeo and also a National Champion in College rodeo rankings.
- Sierra told Reality TV World in her post-elimination interview that she didn't receive enough credit for her gameplay because being nice to people doesn't make good TV.
She also said she regrets relying so much on her social game because her opponents feared everyone liking her on the jury.