'Survivor' season finale: Asbury Park dietitian, Hoboken ex-firefighter battle for $1M

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Will the Sole Survivor be from New Jersey?

Among the five contestants vying for $1 million on Wednesday night's finale of "Survivor" are two proud Garden State residents.

Lindsay Dolashewich of Asbury Park and Mike Turner of Hoboken were among 18 contestants battling it out in Fiji when the 42nd season of the Emmy Award-winning reality television show began March 9.

And they are still in the hunt, joined in the finale by Jonathan Young, Maryanne Oketch and Romeo Escobar.

The 31-year-old Dolashewich, a 2009 Marlboro High School graduate, said before the season aired that she enjoyed the challenge.

Lindsay Dolashewich, 31,  a dietitian from Asbury Park, is competing on "Survivor."
Lindsay Dolashewich, 31, a dietitian from Asbury Park, is competing on "Survivor."

"I love all of it," she said. "But in terms of the physical challenges, I always have had very odd random skills that are not applicable in any other situation. Remember field day as a kid? I was always super good at that. How can you utilize these skills in an effective way as adults? You can't, but on 'Survivor' it applies."

Dolashewich is a registered dietitian and co-founder of Absolute Nutrition Counseling, which has offices in Neptune City, Bridgewater, Roseland and Millstone, as well as virtual offerings.

Meet Mike and Lindsay: Asbury Park dietitian, ex-Hoboken firefighter battling for $1M 'Survivor' prize

Turner was a longtime Hoboken firefighter before retiring and setting his sights on "Survivor."

He took time to assess his strengths and weaknesses before heading to Fiji.

Mike Turner, 58,  a retired firefighter from Hoboken, is competing on "Survivor."
Mike Turner, 58, a retired firefighter from Hoboken, is competing on "Survivor."

"Obviously one of my strengths was always my street savvy," he said. "Also my strength, just being strong as I worked out a lot. My weaknesses were I wasn't a great swimmer. I obviously didn't known how to make fire. I also wasn't flexible."

So he joined a swim club, practiced every day, and tried to stay underwater for as long as he could.

He also started yoga.

"I wanted to become more flexible, and learn to control my mind," he said.

Daniel Strunk (from left), Mike Turner of Hoboken and Jenny Kim compete on "Survivor.'
Daniel Strunk (from left), Mike Turner of Hoboken and Jenny Kim compete on "Survivor.'

And there was one more issue.

"I also realized that I'm a very loud speaker. I talk a lot. In Hoboken, we call it the Hoboken whisper. I had to learn how to, quite frankly, shut up and not talk so loud and stay low-key a little bit and let other people drive the train."

To find out how Dolashewich and Turner fare, catch the season finale of "Survivor" at 8 p.m. Eastern Wednesday, May 25, on CBS. The series is also available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+.

Ilana Keller is an award-winning journalist and lifelong New Jersey resident who loves Broadway and really bad puns. She highlights arts advocacy and education, theater fundraisers and more through her column, "Sightlines." Reach out on Twitter: @ilanakeller; ikeller@gannettnj.com

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: 'Survivor' finale: Asbury Park NJ, Hoboken residents in Top 5