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Swimming with ‘Survivor’ sharks

Carter Williams of Survivor: Philippines.

“It’s been a pretty weird experience. It’s a traumatizing experience (being there), and then (you have to) watch it with the world … and relive what you went through and see it from a different perspective.”


“Survivor: Philippines” contestant from Shawnee

The day after he was shown getting voted off “Survivor: Philippines,” Carter Williams sounded bummed.

“The wave came to an end,” says Williams, who may look and talk like a California surfer dude but actually grew up and lives in Shawnee. “You’d be surprised how much pressure I felt.”

The 24-year-old fitness trainer — who outwitted, outlasted and outplayed 12 rivals — tells of being recognized around Kansas City, asked for autographs and pictures. “You’re a hero to my kid,” someone would tell him. “We want you to win so bad.”

Williams, of course, knew exactly what the outcome of his “crazy experience in HD” would be. The show was filmed last spring.


On old-school “Survivor”: “They wanted to keep people around when they liked them.”

On the claim that he “played like Jesus”: “First of all, Jesus wouldn’t play ‘Survivor,’ and second of all, he wouldn’t play like me. But basically (a fellow contestant) was saying I’ve been nice, I haven’t lied, I gave up my food for everyone, I worked hard. That’s how I wanted to play the game, and it’s how a lot of ‘Survivor’ people would probably tell you not to play the game.”

On playing under the radar: “(When) drama came up, I wasn’t throwing two fists in the air.”

On why he got the boot: “Maybe they were over-scared of me. Maybe they thought a little too highly of my game.”

On “Ponderosa,” where contestants go after getting voted off: “You kinda get to have a pity party with everyone. It’s full of sad people who wished they hadn’t gotten voted off.”

On his TV fame: “It’s not gonna be around forever. It’s been pretty fun. I feel like a lot of Kansas City has rallied around me and rode this wave with me. … It was a sweet ride. I enjoyed it.”


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