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Survivor Winner: Winning Is Better Than $1 Million Prize

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Survivor Winner: Winning Is Better Than $1 Million Prize

Originally posted 05/16/2011 02:15PM

It took four seasons and 117 days out in the wilderness, but "Boston" Rob Mariano has finally won the title that evaded him for almost a decade – Sole Survivor.

The morning after his $1 million win – $1.1 million if you include his election by fans as the Sprint "Player of the Season" – Mariano, 35, spoke with PEOPLE about keeping the results a surprise from his wife (and fellow Survivor alum) Amber and the ways he has grown as a player – and a man – over the last ten years.

How did it feel to be named Sole Survivor?
It was relief and it was also pride – a culmination of a lot of years of hard work so I was very excited.

What does your winnings mean for you and your family?
The money will help with the kids and their education, but ultimately for me, it was about getting the win. It's something that I've been trying to do for years. It meant more to me than the money at this point.

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Survivor Winner Revealed!

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Survivor Winner Revealed!

Originally posted 05/16/2011 08:30AM

Apparently, the fourth time's a charm for Rob Mariano!

In what was practically a forgone conclusion, the longtime Survivor player, known as "Boston Rob," won Survivor: Redemption Island on Sunday night – his fourth time competing on the CBS reality series.

And it wasn't even close. Mariano, 35, earned eight of the nine votes cast in the finale against Phillip Sheppard, 52, and Natalie Tenerelli, 19.

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Families Visit Survivor: Redemption Island: Yawning Ensues

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Families Visit Survivor: Redemption Island: Yawning Ensues

Originally posted 05/05/2011 08:00AM

"The idea of wearing out in a struggle amounts in practice to a gradual exhaustion of the physical powers and of the will by the long continuance of exertion." – Carl von Clausewitz, On War

Was that the least satisfying family visit in Survivor history?

The family visit is typically my favorite episode. I get weepy watching the tearful hugs hello, the stoic messages of support. These people have been deprived of all trust, all real friendship for a month; suddenly, all those pent-up emotions come rushing out.

But I only felt angry watching Mike, Ralph and Matt hang their heads on Redemption Island while their Ometepe overlords reaped more of the game's bounty. Can Rob's zombies even feel joy? I would have bet money that their "families" were a crack team of robotics engineers rather than flesh and blood people.

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'Boston' Rob Mariano Gets His Own Reality Show

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Rob Mariano Gets His Own Reality Show

Originally posted 04/25/2011 09:30AM

He's battled through four seasons of Survivor and competed twice with wife Amber on The Amazing Race, but 'Boston' Rob Mariano isn't done with reality TV yet.

Mariano and monster truck impresario Dennis Anderson will star in a new series for History this year, PEOPLE has learned.

In Around the World in 80 Ways, Mariano and Anderson will challenge each other to circumnavigate the globe using 80 different methods of transportation with the caveat that each cannot repeat any way twice.

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Stephen's Survivor Strategy Blog: Merge Time!

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Stephen's Survivor Strategy Blog: Merge Time!

Originally posted 04/07/2011 10:00AM

"The possibility of gaining a later result causes men to take refuge in that expectation, owing to the repugnance in the human mind to making excessive efforts" – Carl von Clausewitz, On War

How many times can Matt get voted off from one season? He's already tied the current record-holder, Burton, who was booted twice from Pearl Islands. Will Matt return to the game, re-fall in love with Boston Rob, and get blindsided a third time?

This season's merge had all the makings for a real firestorm. Not only did we have the two rival tribes finally facing off, we had the possibility of a third faction bouncing between the two with Matt and Andrea. Would Matt, Andrea and Phillip join the hapless Zapateras to finally unseat King Rob?

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Survivor's Francesca: Living with 'Crazy' Phillip Not Worth a Million Dollars

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Survivor's Francesca: Living with 'Crazy' Phillip Not Worth a Million Dollars

Originally posted 03/04/2011 11:00AM

Francesca Hogi, an attorney from Washington, D.C., was the first Survivor contestant ever to have her buff snuffed on Redemption Island.

The self-described "opinionated and stubborn" Hogi, 36, spoke with PEOPLE about how she survived alone, why she was eliminated, and what it was really like living with "crazy" Phillip.

What was going through your head when Rob and Russell got off that helicopter?

I didn't think it was exactly fair for us to have to play with really experienced players. But at the same time, Boston Rob was one of my favorite players, so I felt, "I want him on my tribe." Don't get me wrong, Rob is a great asset, but he's also a very dangerous player so I certainly was never going to lose sight of that. But I actually wanted to align with Rob.

Then why didn't an alliance with him pan out?

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Survivor Blog: Boston Rob Rules the Roost

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Stephen's Survivor Strategy Blog: Boston Rob Rules the Roost

Originally posted 02/24/2011 09:45AM

"We are [more] inclined and induced to estimate the power of our opponents too high than too low." – Carl von Clauswitz, On War

Who am I to question Boston Rob? On any other season, I would be wagging my finger. Haven't we seen this same mistake, time and again? Timbira, Galu, the Heroes. As soon as an alliance turns on itself, it's impossible to restore trust; the alliance eats itself from within.

But this is a double All-Star competing against junior varsity Survivors. Even the opposition is petitioning for a chance in Rob's rotation. "Every day Rob impresses me," says Matt. "You own my vote," Phillip tells him. "We love, you, Boston Rob!" clamors the rest of the Groupie Alliance.

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Redemption Island: Returning Stars Rob and Russell Meet their Tribes

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Stephen's Survivor Strategy Blog: And the First Fishy Goes to...

Originally posted 02/17/2011 08:00AM

"Everything takes a different shape when we pass from abstractions to reality."
– Carl von Clauswitz, On War

Amazing. It's episode one of Survivor and already Boston Rob is facing off against his greatest enemy – the split vote. The tribe's divided, six to three. You're in the majority, but the opposition has an immunity idol. What do you do? "I got so screwed last season because one person didn't understand," Rob moans.

But this season, there's nobody smart enough on Rob's team to self-destruct like Tyson did. And he's not facing off against Russell yet, even though Kristina is crazy about idols. For eliminating Francesca and cementing his dominant position on his tribe, Rob wins his first Fishy Award.

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Survivor: Redemption Island's Returning Contestants Revealed

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Survivor: Redemption Island's Returning Contestants Revealed

Originally posted 01/13/2011 08:00AM

They're baaack!

Earlier this week, the producers of Survivor announced the identities of 16 cast members who will compete on the upcoming season.

Now, in keeping with the season's theme – Redemption Island – they're revealing which former contestants will return for another chance at the show's $1 million prize.

Get ready for drama: Villains Russell Hantz and "Boston" Rob Mariano will face off again on the show.

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Stephen's Survivor Blog: My Top 5 Players of All-Time

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Stephen's Survivor Blog: My Top 5 Players of All-Time

Originally posted 11/26/2010 10:30AM

During Wednesday's Survivor recap show, we learned that NaOnka has a heart, that Kelly Purple has a voice, that Sash has a final-two deal with every lady in New York, and that Fabio has surpassed Boo as the most injury-prone Survivor ever. But because no strategy played out, there will be no Fishies.

Instead, I'm going to present my five nominees for Fancast's upcoming Survivor Hall of Fame.

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