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Australia has to be the standout for me as well. With contestants like Michael Skupin (who fell into the fire), Jerri Manthey, Amber Brkich (who later married Boston Rob), Elisabeth Filarski (now Hasselbeck who has been on The View for nearly 10 years), Rodger Bingham (nicknamed Kentucky Joe who befriended Elisabeth when she got those god-awful bug bites), Colby Donaldson (runner-up), and Tina Wesson (winner), I don't think we've had an overall better group of contestants.
Of course, with me living most of my life in Indianapolis, Rupert Boneham's first time to play (Pearl Islands) was also special since he lives here in the Circle City also. Between him stealing shoes in the very first episode and Jonny Fairplay lying about his grandmother's death later in the season, those were two memorable moments in Survivor history. Of course, Sandra Diaz ultimately won the game which she richly deserved.
One of the most memorable players, though, has to be Boston Rob who played 4 times, winning once and coming in second once. However, it's hard to beat Sandra Diaz's record. She's played twice and won both times earning a cool $2,000,000
I also miss them having to eat bugs and other disgusting critters during reward challenges like they did in the early days..