Sarah-Elizabeth Langford (Miss DC)
MISS USA Fear Factor winner
Who were you expecting to be your toughest competitor? Did that hold true?
I would say Miss California because she had a lot of brothers and sisters so she has had practice with play wrestling and intense competitions with her siblings growing up. She seemed real passionate, like she was out to win, going for the gold. It did hold true, but more so than that, the other contestants surprised me. I may have underestimated particularly Kentucky and Oklahoma because they were very petite. Goes to show a small dog can have a big bite (so to speak). We can all relate to being underestimated. Every contestant on Fear Factor proved to be a very tough competitor.
What stunt was the most challenging for you and why?
Probably climbing through the water tunnel filled with fish and worms because it was just so nasty. It was extremely slimy, and I don't know if I will ever again be able to eat fish.
Did you have any phobias going into the competition?
Oh my gosh, yes. I was terrified that we would have to eat something disgusting. I know I'm tough and could do almost anything, but when it comes to eating gross stuff, I'm not so sure. That is something you can't really prepare for.
Other than winning, what was the best part about your Fear Factor experience?
Probably just meeting the other contestants and getting to know them. The other thing was learning about Joe's idiosyncrasies. He is extremely nice and fun to be around but definitely has a unique approach to life.
What were you more nervous about, competing on Fear Factor or in the Miss USA Pageant?
I think Fear Factor because in the Miss USA Pageant you can just be yourself and pray that the judges like you. But on Fear Factor, I was put in mind-blowing situations, and you had to use strengths that you never knew you had to get through it.
How did you pick your charity?
I picked United Youth Adult Conference (UYAC) because it is an organization devoted to mentoring young people. It is extremely important to help our youth during the fundamental development years. My father passed away when I was 15. He often said to whom much is given much is expected...Working with the UYAC and donating 1/2 of my winnings to them is my way of living up to my father's wisdom.
What will you do with the $25,000 you didn't donate to charity?
I will have a little fun with some of it and invest in some property with the rest.