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Name: Carter Williams
Home: Shawnee, KS
Occupation: Track Coach
Gordon Holmes: Tell me about yourself, Carter.
Carter Williams: I graduated in May and I’ve kind of worked some odd jobs. My dad owns a company and I help him out full time. But, this “Survivor” thing kind of opened up and I’ve put everything on hold to pursue it. I’m happy I did, and I’m happy it’s working out. But as far as what I do, I spend a lot of my time doing CrossFit. I help out in CrossFit gym. I coach cross country, which is a blast. I work full-time as an assistant in sales with my dad.
Holmes: How do you think your coaching background will help you in “Survivor”? Are you going to try to be a leader?
Williams: I would say coaching is good because you have to deal with people and learn their strengths. You definitely have to get them to trust you. I’m only four years older than some of these kids I’m coaching. I had to get them to know that I wanted the best for them and to trust me. You have to get to know them on a social level and a friendship level. So, I think that will help me out here.
Holmes: Do you have any experience living outdoors?
Williams: A little experience. Nothing like we’re going to do out here. I’ve been camping with friends. I’ve slept outside, slept on floors, but I’ve never been too far from a grocery store.
Holmes: It says on your bio that one of your pet peeves is laziness. Actually, it’s laziness with an exclamation point at the end. I’ve seen quite a bit of “Survivor” in my day, and I’m willing to bet you’re going to see some of that out there.
Williams: That’s fine. This is a game. I don’t think I’ll get on people’s cases. But if they’re being lazy that puts a target on their back. We’ve seen it in games before where they need to get rid of people because they do nothing. And other times they keep those people around because they can get rid of them later. But I’m going to go out there and work really hard and show people I can contribute.
Holmes: You’ve been around the cast for a few days now. What are your first impressions?
Williams: I think everyone out here is mentally and physically with it. We’re going to be on the 25th season, people understand this show. It’s not like the first two seasons where people didn’t know what they’re doing and they’re just trying to live out there. I think from a social standpoint, I think everyone is very sharp. Everyone looks like they can pull their own weight. So, I definitely don’t want to go in there with a big ego and think I’m some macho man. That’s a quick way to be sent home.
Holmes: Will you lie to get ahead?
Williams: Yeah. It seems like at the end of this show every season, the jury says, “I can’t believe you lied to me.” And you’re kind of going, this is a game. And they’re saying, “You’re a terrible person, shame on you.” One girl was like, “I’d be so ashamed to have you as a daughter.” This is a game, guys. You’re not going to go on a sports game with someone and be like, “I can’t believe you played rough.”
Holmes: Or a poker game and say, “I can’t believe you bluffed.”
Williams: Yeah, I can’t believe you bluffed! It’s “Survivor”! I mean, if you’re going around and saying nasty things about people, and spreading gossip and stuff, that’s one thing. But if you blindside someone? That’d suck to happen, but to me that’s like saying, “I respected your game so much that I had to get rid of you.”
Holmes: You’re a handsome young man, are you prepared to flirt to get ahead?
Williams: You know, I kind of think girls are better flirts than guys, so maybe that’s the kind of game I don’t want to get into.
Holmes: But if a girl flirts with you, would you reciprocate?
Williams: I’m definitely going to try to be on my guard and not fall victim to that. We’ve seen that. Ozzy went home early the second time he was on (“Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites”) and there were girls behind it. Lots of guys on that season went home early because the girls were smiling and winking at them.
Holmes: Are you a “Survivor” fan?
Williams: Yeah, a big fan.
Holmes: It’s tough to figure out how someone is going to play the game at this stage of the proceedings. So, this next question is designed to shed some light on things. Which former “Survivor” player would you align with and why?
Williams: I would probably align with Yul (Kwon). He seemed to have a sense of integrity. We could figure out how to win the game from an intellectual standpoint. And this may be like a little kid saying he’s like Michael Jordan, but I think I’m more like Ozzy (Lusth). I need to work on the social aspect, but I love the physical aspect. I want to be a provider, I want to fish, get coconuts, do well in the challenges. Where Yul is like, “We’re going to be one step ahead of everyone.” Yul and Ozzy went all the way. He was the godfather in that game.
Holmes: I think Yul is wildly underrated.
Williams: Oh yeah, Ozzy gets a ton of credit, and he’s probably more fun to watch, but Yul played a great game.
Holmes: Next December when they hand you that huge check for a million dollars, what are you going to do with it?
Williams: I’m really into CrossFit, I don’t know if you know what that is…
Holmes: What is it?
Williams: It’s like this high-intensity form of fitness. It’s pretty much exploding onto the scene.
Holmes: Is it like that Insanity workout?
Williams: It’s kind of like that.
Holmes: That scares the crap out of me.
Williams: (Laughs) People think it’s the hardest thing.
Holmes: You get me on a treadmill for thirty minutes and I’m proud.
Williams: (Laughs) That’s been a dream of mine. I have a family that’s really into fitness. I’d love to start a CrossFit gym and have my mom involved in it. My brother, he’s a yoga instructor who’s really into fitness. My sister-in-law, she’s a massage therapist. I’d love to find a way to start a small business and run it with my family.
Don’t miss the premiere of “Survivor: Philippines” – Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.