By DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer
It took four attempts, but “Boston” Rob Mariano finally won “Survivor.”
The trash-talking 35-year-old veteran of the CBS reality series overcame wacky 52-year-old former federal agent Phillip Sheppard and 19-year-old dancer Natalie Tenerelli to take home the $1 million grand prize on Sunday’s finale of “Survivor: Redemption Island.”
Mariano, who previously competed on the “Marquesas,” “All-Stars” and “Heroes vs. Villains” seasons, dominated the Nicaragua-set 22nd edition of “Survivor,” securing his place in the final trio by winning four individual immunity challenges and calculating the demise of most of the season’s newbie castaways, including several of his own allies.
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