Hearing Impairment Series-Disabled Legend Christy Smith

Christy Smith was born on 13 September, 1978 in Aspen, Colorado, USA. Christy was born to Bob and Glenda Smith. Christy has 2 brothers including snowboarder Jason Smith. Christy was born a premature baby weighing less than 2 pounds (1 kg) at birth. Christy pulled out her air tube as a baby, and she ended up losing 90 percent of her hearing. Christy is deaf, and she is skilled in lip reading and American Sign Language.

Christy attended high school and college in Washington, D.C. Christy obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a minor in criminology from Gallaudet University in 2000. Christy works as a children adventure guide for the deaf.

In October 2007, Christy started a world-wide trip with Dave Justice, documenting her experiences for “Discovering Deaf Worlds”. They plan to release a DVD of their trip.

Christy is the 1st deaf contestant to appear on the CBS reality television series Survivor: The Amazon in the spring of 2003. Christy shocked her tribe members on the 1st day when she announced that she was deaf. Christy’s reasoning for going on the television series was to bring awareness of deaf culture.

On day 33 of the show, Christy was voted out in a 4-2 decision by Jenna Morasca, Heidi Strobel, Matthew Von Ertfelda, and Rob Cesternino. Christy came in 6th place and became the 4th member of the jury of 7 that would ultimately vote for the winner of the show. In the end, Christy voted for Jenna to win the $1,000,000 USD grand prize. It has been widely speculated that she misunderstood Jeff Probst’s instructions for the Jury, and when she wrote Jenna’s name down, she thought she was actually voting against her.

While not featured in the 16th season, Christy was considered to be on Survivor: Micronesia, despite her working on a DVD Project about deaf people all over the world.

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