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“I Will Get Gary Hogeboom At The Finale”: An Interview with Survivor: Guatemala’s Amyby David Bloomberg -- 10/28/2005
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Amy was one of the strongest people to ever play Survivor, as she pushed herself through not one but two ankle injuries, among other things. How is her ankle doing? How did it affect her game? And what is she going to do to Gary Hogeboom now that she knows who he is? Read on to find out!
RealityNewsOnline: Hello, Amy, and thanks for taking the time to answer these questions for RealityNewsOnline readers! First, how is your ankle – what was the diagnosis and how long did it take to heal?
Amy: I am still in physical therapy with my ankle. Its still bothers me now and then, but I am working to get it back 100%. Its all good.
RNO: Did your ankle injury affect your game strategy and how you planned to play?
Amy: When I injured my ankle – both times, I refused to let it get in the way of my game as best as I could. I dealt with the physical pain, but I also had to deal with it not getting me down psychologically.
RNO: Last week, Brian told us about his "3-2-1 plan" that would have eliminated Bobby Jon if it had worked – why did you and Gary decide to vote off Brian instead?
Amy: Brian's plan was absolutely ridiculous. Any plan which included people writing my name down is not good. Brian's plan was too complicated. Plus, Brian was going after a deal that was orchestrated by Gary and myself with Danni, when she voted off Blake. With that in mind, when we got down to three old Nakum and three Yaxha, I did a little checking around and the vote was going to Brian. Gary gave his word to Danni and he was not going to change it. Plus, Brian was untrustworthy. Brian was never in an alliance with Gary and I. We just sort of let him tag along and use him for our advantage.
RNO: Do you regret that decision now?
Amy: Not in the least bit. If I could have used Brian to my advantage, I would have used him. Brian was going in everyone's eyes.
RNO: And speaking of Gary, have you tracked him down and kicked his ass for lying about his job?
Amy: Gary, Gary, Gary. I love the guy. I knew he was lying and I had fun with it. If Gary told me he was on the FBI's most wanted list I wouldn't have given him up. Gary and I were aligned from day one, when I approached him. I will get Mr. Gary Hogeboom at the finale. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Ha!!
RNO: If you had made it to the merge, were you planning to try to link back up with members of your original tribe, or would you have stuck with your new group?
Amy: The damn merge. Did it have to be right after I got voted off?? If I made the merge I would have tried to play with loyalty with my new tribe, but there were a ton of possibilities for me. I had Stephenie and Rafe over there, the other half of my original alliance. I love those guys too. Anything could have happened.
RNO: When you were talking to Danni about being able to outwit others, what exactly did you mean and how did you think that would help you stick around?
Amy: When I spoke with Danni, we talked about a ton of possibilities. One being that I knew my old Yaxha team very well, and I could use them to my advantage, and it could help her too. The merge is the meat of the game, you have to play your cards right. I told her I had great instincts and this would help us both if we were in the minority.
RNO: Why do you think your attempt to stick around and target Bobby Jon instead didn't work?
Amy: Well, for one, Bobby Jon was aligned with Danni and Brandon early on, and they did not want to break their word to him. Trust me, I tried. Also, I told Danni that if we were going to merge I would be least of a threat in individual immunity. I tried to tell Danni that the remaining guys would be a threat to her. Voting off one of them would help her in the future.
RNO: If you had it to do over again, what would you do differently?
Amy: Absolutely nothing. I did the best I could do with what I had.
RNO: Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about your time on Survivor?
Amy: Well, I was the person sitting at home on the couch watching the previous Survivors. I can't believe I had this opportunity! Survivor is for real. It was tough, but I loved every freakin' moment. I got along with everyone. I had the opportunity to really meet everyone because of the tribe swap and the pool party. I can't wait to see what happens and see everyone at the final. I love those guys!
RNO: Thanks again, Amy!
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