Sophie Clarke: Coach was ‘too focused’ on his ‘persona’ to win

Coach Wade and Sophie Clarke


Benjamin “Coach” Wade and Sophie Clarke on the reunion show Survivor: South Pacific in 2011.

Sophie Clarke, winner of Survivor: South Pacific, starred in Survivor for the first time in 2011 alongside a cast of familiar faces. Perhaps the most notable of these was Benjamin “Coach” Wade, who helped her dominate the season’s post-merge game; both made it into the last three, however Sophie beat Coach in a 6-3-0 vote.

In a recent interview, Sophie shared some insights into what it was like to be with the legendary ‘Survivor’ star for 39 days and why he never had what it took to win. She also compared him to a certain candidate this season and made a prediction of how that will play out.

Here’s what you need to know:

Sophie explains what the trainer’s downfall was in South Pacific

Coach Wade

GettyCoach on the reunion show Survivor: South Pacific.

Sophie on Thursday sat down with Riley McAtee and Juliet Litman in her podcast The ringtone, where they talked about the ongoing season of Survivor. Discussing Daniel Strunk, Sophie drew parallels with Coach, who she believed played a similar game to his – one that prioritized how things were portrayed on television over good gameplay.

“Coach for Everything didn’t know what was going on around him,” Sophie explained, “because he was too focused on the question, ‘How do I build this personality?’ And it was always to his own detriment because he was so dedicated to being a coach. She added: “He can’t help himself. I think he’s like that.”

Coach, although he never won, was a popular “Survivor” fan favorite in the many years since his first appearance in 2009, mainly on his dynamic and highly entertaining character. This led him to return to the show twice. As Sophie explained, Coach’s dedication was to maintain his image on television – an image he portrayed as the embodiment of “Honor, loyalty and integrity“ – led to his own sinking at the end.

In “South Pacific,” despite the dominance of the opposing tribe of Savaii’s post-merge “pagonging” (systemic elimination) in the season and his alliance’s leadership in the final 5, Coach refused to embrace his duplicity and lies at the end. resulting in the jury favoring Sophie, a more under-the-radar player. When John Cochran, one of the judges who voted for him in the end, said in his jury voting confessional“You know, if you wipe out all the garbage about honor and integrity and love and compassion, you’ve played a great game… You don’t have to apologize for anything.”

Several judges who voted for Sophie including Ozzy Lusth said after the fact that Coach would have simply taken responsibility for his game, he would have secured their votes and won.

Sophie predicts who will go home next in Survivor 42

When it came to Daniel, Sophie said she believed how he handled Dad’s first tribal council and its aftermath, even though he was a superfan of the game. She then commented on how she believed Daniel was likely seeing everything happening around him as seen on TV, rather than playing in the present moment like Coach. Like Coach, she predicted that this would be his downfall.

“Daniel is not present,” she said. “He sees every moment as it’s going to be seen on TV and thinks about every moment as it’s going to be seen on TV.” As a result, she declared, “He can’t play the game.”

Sophie added that this habit of seeing the game through the lens as it will be seen on TV will not only be his downfall, but even predicted that it will come in the next episode while expressing sympathy for his bad position in dad. “I go with [Vati] goes to Tribal,” said Sophie when asked to make a prediction on who will be voted out in the next episode. “And then I’ll do Daniel. It’s sad because I want him to keep trying.”

“Survivor 42” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS.

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