Originally created 10/18/01

Former soccer player is 'Survivor' favorite



Readers in the Augusta-Aiken area agree with Las Vegas oddsmakers on who will win the CBS reality show Survivor: Africa. Ethan Zohn, 27, received the most votes in The Augusta Chronicle's Survivor poll. The former professional soccer player, now a coach in New York City, drew 15 of the 117 votes cast.

Stardust hotel-casino oddsmaker Joe Lupo picked Mr. Zohn as the 4-1 favorite to win the $1 million top prize. Mr. Lupo said he looks for someone athletic and easygoing in choosing the frontrunner.

"He's also a vegetarian, and I thought this might help his endurance with food over there," he said.

The Sahara's Andy DeLuca also picked Mr. Zohn as the frontrunner, with opening odds of 6-1.

In second place with 13 votes in the Chronicle's poll was Lex van den Berghe, 38, a marketing manager from Santa Cruz, Calif., with multiple tattoos and earrings. Jessie Camacho, 27, a deputy sheriff from Orlando, Fla., and Frank Garrison, 43, a telephone technician from Odessa, N.Y. tied for third with 12 votes.

Eighty-two people entered the Chronicle's contest to pick the winner. (Thirty-five Infoline votes were cast anonymously.) After the show's finale in January, one person's name will be randomly drawn from all the correct entries for a $100 prize.

Survivor: Africa, which was taped in the summer, follows two wildly popular editions. The first Survivor was a national craze in summer 2000, and Survivor: The Australian Outback was the highest-rated series last season.

Results of the Chronicle's Survivor poll:

15 - Ethan Zohn, 27, a former professional soccer player, now a coach

13 - Lex van den Berghe, 38, a marketing manager

12 - Jessie Camacho, 27, a deputy sheriff

12 - Frank Garrison, 43, a telephone technician

11 - Clarence Black, 24, a high school basketball coach

10 - Kim Powers, 29, a free-lance marketer

9 - Teresa Cooper, 42, a flight attendant

7 - Silas Gaither, 23, a bartender and aspiring actor

7 - Tom Buchanan, 46, a goat farmer

5 - Lindsey Richter, 27, an advertising account executive

4 - Carl Bilancione, 46, a dentist

3 - Kelly Goldsmith, 22, a behavioral research analyst

3 - Kim Johnson, 57, a retired schoolteacher

3 - Linda Spencer, 44, a career counselor

2 - Brandon Quinton, 25, a bartender

1 - Diane Ogden, 42, a mail carrier

Tune in

Survivor: Africa airs at 8 p.m. Thursdays on WRDW-TV (Channel 12). The CBS reality show features 16 strangers competing against one another in a series of challenges in Kenya's Shaba National Reserve. The last player wins $1 million.

Kicked out

The first player eliminated was Diane Ogden (right), 42, a mail carrier from Lincoln, Neb. Her teammates in the Boran tribe found her too weak to be a valued tribe member.