There are a few players that come to mind for me that were at one point viewed as being among the greatest Survivor contestants of all time, but at some point in one of their returning seasons, their legacy was tarnished by being unable to perform in the same manner that made them so legendary in the first place.
Which ones would you fit into that category?
For me, some examples would be:
- J.T. Thomas - Didn't see Tocantins, but my understanding is that he played a respectable game which he arguably deserved to win. He made some of the most bone-headed moves in HvV and GC, which caused many viewers to ask themselves, "this guy won?!"
- Colby Donaldson - it became evident that the original challenge beast from The Australian Outback was no more in his third outing (Heroes vs Villains), when his individual challenge performance was abysmal at best
- Stephenie LaGrossa - in one of the quickest falls from their pinnacle, the lovable athletic underdog from Palau became incredibly unlikeable in Guatemala
- Mike Skupin - a more gradual tarnishing. His legend status was largely in part because there was a big question mark on what could have been. In Philippines, he made it to FTC, but struggled to get a single vote, and many viewed him as being bumbling (and perhaps started to think his falling in the fire wasn't exactly a fluke). His legal troubles since then has made it hard to view him the same way we did back in 2001.
- Cirie Fields - In Panama and Micronesia, she played a wonderful strategic game that allowed people to look past her shortcomings in challenges, and see her as a true threat to win the game. In Game Changers, she got lucky to make it as far as she has by being consistently swapped onto tribes that never had to go to tribal, but her gameplay was lacking, and her lack of physical strength has become impossible to ignore