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Oceanside woman on new season of 'Survivor', and she's got attitude

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OCEANSIDE (CBS 8) - When the hit reality show "Survivor" premieres Wednesday night for its 22nd season, a San Diego woman will be among the 18 competitors, all trying to win the $1 million prize.

Julie Wolfe, 50, says she's fallen on hard financial times, and is hoping "Survivor" helps her out of her slump.

"I'm doing this for one reason. I'm newly divorced, I have 100 percent custody of two children, I'm paying alimony, I'm paying child support and my house is in foreclosure," she said.

Julia is a Los Angeles firefighter who lives in Oceanside and has roots here in San Diego.

"I went to Pacific Beach Junior High School and I went to Madison High School in Clairemont," she said.

A two-time world champion of the 41-mile Outrigger canoe race in Hawaii, Julie is quite fit.

I'm hoping that the target isn't going to be so huge on me that people are going to be intimidated by me because of my physique. Because I'm really, 50's an old lady, come on," she said.

Julie admits she's outspoken.

"I have a tough time biting my tongue and not saying what's on my mind," she said.

She knows that in past seasons of "Survivor", there are usually a few castaways who aren't as helpful around camp.

"I have problems with people that don't carry their weight," she said.

But she also knows that being too hardworking can be a hindrance.

"I've seen on previous 'Survivor' show how being a leader puts a big target on your back," Julie said.

Perhaps no one knows that better than "Survivor" veterans Rob and Russell, who will play the game once again this season -- something Julie initially embraced.

"I was excited for about 30 seconds. Right on, I get to meet Rob and Russell but then I thought, oh my gosh, what an unfair advantage," she said. "They're going to know what to expect, they're going to know what it feels like to be hungry, they're going to know what it feels like to weather the environment, they know so much about the strategy."

But strategy takes on a new twist this season. Those who are voted out at tribal council will get an opportunity to return to the game for redemption, and quite possibly, revenge.

"When I first heard about redemption I was like, oh no, they're going to give everybody a second chance," she said. "But then when you think about it, what if I'm the first one voted off? I'm going to want that second chance."

The single mom of 17- and 10-year-old daughters, she hopes San Diegans and "Survivor" faithful will cheer her on.

"All of America is hurting, so I'm hoping to have fans who can put themselves in my shoes and are going to root for me -- 'Oh yeah, I just went thru a divorce, or my house is in foreclosure, I hope she takes it to the end,'" she said.

The season premiere of "Survivor" airs Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on CBS 8.

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