MUSCATINE, Iowa — Sarah Lacina originally tried out for the television show "Survivor" on a lark, after watching an episode with friends.
Sarah, who competed in season 28, made it far. But she didn’t win. Now, the Muscatine native has a second chance at that $1 million prize. She was chosen to compete on Season 34: “Game Changers” which pits seasoned "Survivor" competitors against each other.
This season’s show takes place on Mamanuca Islands in Fiji, and though filming concluded last summer, the season premier aired last week.
“I was really kind of surprised that she wanted to do it again,” said her mom, Lorrie Lacina, adding that Sarah has a 2.5 year-old son, Knox.
“The second time around, I don’t think she would have done it if she wouldn’t have had the family support to help be there to take cake of Knox while she was gone,” she added.
Sarah, who is a police officer in Cedar Rapids, was gone for more than a month.
“You’re out in the middle of nowhere, there are no luxuries, what you see of their camp site on TV is how they actually live,” Lorrie said.
“She was constantly in my thoughts and in my prayers and you just wonder, ‘OK, What is she doing today? What is the weather like? What is she living like? What is she doing?' That all goes through your mind,” she added.
Though the competition is over, Sarah and her family signed a confidentiality agreement and are not allowed to discuss the experience.
“Everybody just needs to watch the season,” Lorrie said.