Who were you expecting to be your toughest competitor? Did that hold true?
I really didn't underestimate anybody so it was kind of hard for me to decide right off the bat. I had to feel everyone out to see who was going to be my toughest competition. I was most concerned with Anthony and Payola, and they both made it to the end. But turns out they seemed to be wasting their energy being so concerned with each other that I was able to slip in under the radar and take the win.
What stunt was the most challenging for you and why?
I would say the first stunt because it was so disorienting. I had seen other stunts where people were put under water, but I had no idea it would be that difficult. It was more than just being submerged, this one was being locked down, turned around AND fumbling with locks. Plus, it was on the first day...I don't think any of us were prepared for that to be the first stunt. I tried to prepare mentally for whatever was thrown at me, but I was definitely not prepared for that one. But, with the best time, I was up for the challenge.
Did you have any phobias going into the competition?
Maybe drowning...and I don't like alligators.
Other than winning, what was the best part about your Fear Factor experience?
The challenge of it was great, but more than anything it would be the anticipation before the stunts. When you walk on set you have no idea what you are showing up for. You don't have a clue. That anticipation prior to the stunt was exciting.
What will you do with the $50,000?
My motivation the whole time for the show was my girlfriend, Carolina, so I'd like to buy her something special, and I want to invest the rest of the money in my T-shirt company. I'd like to thank Carolina for all the support and confidence. She told me I could do it from the beginning.
"I also want to acknowledge my grandmother, Victoria Shade, who recently passed away. When I celebrate tonight I'll be thinking of her. I know she's watching; I love you, Grandma."