September 13, 2010 11:09 AM by Ryan Haidet
In a battle of old versus young, Survivor: Nicaragua is set to unleash on Wednesday night.Â With 20 new contestants set to compete for the $1 million prize, host Jeff Probst has named his pick to win.Â Who does Probst think will become the 21st sole Survivor?
The TV Guide Channel aired a one-hour special Sunday night featuring a pre-game interview when Probst revealed who he thinks is the contestant best-suited to win the entire game.Â No, it’s not Jimmy Johnson, the former coach of the Dallas Cowboys who is sucking up all of the pre-game attention.Â It’s 24-year-old Chase Rice.Â You read that right, Probst is pushing for one of the youngsters.
Probst said Chase has all of the qualities to get to the end.
Chase is from Fairview, North Carolina where he works in a pro racing pit crew.Â His bio on the CBS Web site says he won the John Lotz Award, which is given to a student at the University of North Carolina who overcomes the most adverse circumstances.
Two years ago Chase’s father — the man he says is his life’s inspiration — passed away.Â “He was always there for me no matter what,” Chase says in his bio.Â After his father’s death, Chase became a songwriter.
He says he doesn’t like lazy people and labels himself as adventurous, athletic and competitive.Â Chase compared himself to JT of Survivor: Tocantins because “the man’s from the South.Â I’ve gotta stick with my southern roots.”Â He also believes his southern charm will help him win the game because everybody will trust him.
That’s Probst’s pick to win.Â Who is yours?
The game begins on Wednesday, September 15.
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