‘Survivor’ Alum Elizabeth Beisel Becomes First Woman to Complete Historic Block Island Swim

by Samantha Whidden
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On Saturday (September 25th), Survivor alum and Olympic swimmer Elizabeth Beisel reportedly became the first woman to complete a historical Block Island 10.4-mile swim in five hours and 19 minutes.

According to People, the Survivor star helped raise funds for nonprofit cancer research and patient programs. She also honored her father, Charles “Ted” Lyons Beisel, who passed away in July after battling pancreatic cancer. 

The Survivor alum took to her Instagram to share more details about her swim and fundraising efforts. “WE DID IT! I’m going to take a few days to let the Block Cancer swim sink in, but I wanted to make sure everyone knows how grateful I am for the help and support I received yesterday. I know my dad is beaming with joy from above.”

The Survivor castmate also explained that Block Cancer x Swim Across America has raised more than $134,000 for cancer research and clinical trials. “To anyone who has been touched by cancer – yesterday was for you and your loved ones. To all the little girls out there – you are strong, and you can do ANYTHING.”

Beisel notably competed on Survivor: Island of the Idols, which was the 39th season of the hit CBS series. She was dubbed the third Olympian to be a contestant of the series. She finished in 9th place after being blindsided on Day 30. 

Elizabeth Beisel Reveals How She Mentally Prepared For ‘Survivor’

During a 2019 interview with Parade, Elizabeth Beisel opened up about how she mentally prepared for her season of Survivor.  “I haven’t been challenged since the Olympics with such high pressure and stakes. Going into this game, I’m probably the most excited and nervous I’ve been since the Olympics.”

When asked what prompted her to sign up for Survivor, Beisel said she grew up watching the series. The first-time Survivor winner, Richard Hatch, is also from Newport, Rhode Island, which is five minutes from where she lives. “Whenever something in Rhode Island happens, it’s huge. Because Rhode Island is basically a small family.”

In regards to what moral line she won’t cross on Survivor, Beisel said that she wouldn’t want to be completely blindsided. “If I had a secret alliance with somebody and we were each other’s ears, and I walk into Tribal and they knew I was about to get voted out and don’t tell me, that would really hurt,” she said.

Beisel went on to add that we’re all humans and it’s just a game. “I’m going to do my best not to do that to somebody, as well as avoid somebody doing that to me.”

Survivor returned for the 41st season last week.