Who were you expecting to be your toughest competitor? Did that hold true?
I thought my toughest competitor was going to be Sam and that held out to be true. She was taking everything as seriously as I was. She seemed like she was just as focused as I was. Matt was focused but he was too small physically to be a threat. That said, everybody else didn't seem like they were used to competing at such a high level whereas Sam is a race car driver and wouldn't take no for an answer. Unfortunately for her, I also could not take no for an answer.
What stunt was the most challenging for you and why?
The first stunt, the water stunt. First of all, it was the first stunt. It was at night. It was cold and we were in water. The stunt itself was the biggest shock to your senses compared to the other stunts. It was sensory overload. As soon as you stepped foot into that room and the floor started dropping it was pure pandemonium. I was mentally prepared for the dogs and the driving stunt was so close to the end, I didn't have time to worry about anything but winning. But that first stunt was a bad combo of weather, water, nerves, and weighing the competition.
Did you have any phobias going into the competition?
The phobia that I had was that I could not control my gag reflex. Mentally I was prepared to eat anything but physically I was concerned my body wouldn't agree. This wasn't an issue.
Other than winning, what was the best part about your Fear Factor experience?
Being able to do the stunts for free. No amusement park ticket can offer that type of adrenaline rush, you can't pay for this experience.
What will you do with the $50,000?
I planned on donating a portion of it to charity and then I want to take my family on a vacation, something big. I already bought a really nice watch for myself. I think my family is really excited about their Christmas presents this year! After all, I have to stay true to the holiday spirit of giving; it is only fitting after being on the Fear Factor Christmas special.