Courtesy of WOWSA, Savusavu, Fiji.

Shane Gould learned how to swim on the beaches of Fiji where her father was stationed in her youth.

By the age of 17, Gould made her mark as one of the greatest Olympic swimmers in history. Although she won 5 Olympic medals and held world records in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, and 1500m freestyle and the 200 individual medley, she always strictly remained an amateur.

But the 61-year-old recently resurfaced to global fame and returned to where she learned how to swim when she won the most recent Australian edition of Survivor, the popular reality TV show. The Olympic champion unexpectedly outwitted and out-maneuvered all of her younger rivals and competitors.

The author of Tumble Turns won $500,000 as the winner of the Australian Survivor: Champions vs. Contenders, arguably the most unlikely winner in the Survivor franchise.

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