Spencer Duhm


Spencer Duhm



Soon to see his teenage years in the rear-view mirror, Spencer Duhm is ready to look forward to the journey ahead of him. A fan of SURVIVOR since day one, which began when he was still in grade school, Spencer can practically do a Castaway roll-call all the way from SURVIVOR: Borneo. His fanaticism will give him a built-in edge that can make a direct contribution to how far he goes in this game.

Born and raised in Lakeland, Florida and currently a student at the University of Florida, Spencer majors in telecommunications and minors in business and European union studies. Aside from being the recruitment chair for his UF crew team, where he also rows competitively, Spencer is a huge sports fan. Involved in myriad athletic activities since age 7, Spencer has developed a strong competitive streak and determination to achieve success. Rooting for his college Gators or beloved Cubs familiarized him with all of the peaks and valleys associated with being a contender, which may help him navigate the ups and downs associated with castaway life.

With a resume like his, itís no surprise that this self-professed lover of "water cooler gossip" can't stand slow-talkers or laziness and is very ambitious and very outgoing. He is even willing to face his fear of heights for one million dollars but there is one fear that he refuses to face. When asked what he would not do for a million dollars he responded, "Snakes in general, I just donít do snakes." This young, goal-oriented man has been presented with his childhood dream of competing on his favorite reality show and truly feels that he has what it takes to become the next sole SURVIVOR .

Spencer is a gay, single man and currently resides in Gainesville, Fla. His birthday is December 20.

Jeff Probst: Spencer is 19 years old. Which means if you do the math, we are in our 9th year, he was 10 when Richard Hatch won. That's exciting and scary at the same time. I think the thing that might get in Spencer's way is that he could over think things. He knows Survivor so well, he's such a superfan, that he could over think it. Had Spencer been a year older he would have been on Fans vs Favorites. He just wasn't old enough.

I believe I am the youngest Survivor to have ever...to ever be on the show. At first I thought that would be a problem. I thought they're going to be thinking: 'Aw man this kid he can't help out at all. You know we're going to have to get rid of him sometime soon'. but after I thought about it I realized that it might be a lot harder to sit there and lie about what year I was born. I figured it was better to just tell them the truth then think...I think it's going to work that they'll probably overlook me, at least strategically. As long as I'm contributing they're not gonna wanna vote me off because of my age. But if they overlook me strategically, that's a good thing. So I'm hoping that'll work for me and buy me a little extra time to create some relationships and go on from there.

I'm a very social person by nature. So meeting people that I don't know and I'm not familiar with isn't really that hard for me. Around my age people, I'm more of a leader but...type A personality...but I think I'm gonna have to fall back. And I feel like...I've been on a team all my life, mostly in sports and in athletic type situations...so highly stressful. So I'm used to kind of being told what to do, being expected a certain degree...or having something expected of me and being able to perform that task. So I feel like it's not going to be hard for me to fall in and help everybody build a shelter, fall in and do normal tasks: water, anything...building a fire. I'm not a great fisherman, I'll admit that so I'm not going to be helping with fishing...I don't think I will be.

I think I will be one of those people who is liked by some and disliked by others because I tend to be very opinionated. I hope within the tribe I don't share a lot of those opinions. I hope to come across as more even keeled and just non-controversial. I can probably piss some people off. I might endear myself to other people. But I have a feeling that's it's gonna be one or the other....no like: 'eh he's alright'. I think it's gonna be: you like me or you don't.

I definitely feel like I have a burden on me to not only play the game well but to advance pretty far in the game. That part about it won't so much be the strategy. I think it will be dealing with hunger...dealing with that part. I think that's gonna be a very tough mental game for me. And I've never had to do that before. I've never...I munch a lot during the day. I'm a guy I like to eat so that's gonna be the hardest part I think for me. So that'll be a definite challenge. This is something that I feel like is going to help me in my career whatever it may be the rest of my life or just in life in general. Just being able to overcome obstacles that you didn't necessarily foresee coming. And being able to withstand hard times. So I think it'll be a great experience and it's gonna definitely be something I'm gonna cherish.


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