A former Olympian from MN will compete on 'Survivor'

Katrina Radke Gerry is fighting for a $1M prize.
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She competed at the highest level in sport, and now a Minnesota swimmer is taking her talents onto the CBS reality show Survivor.

Katrina Radke Gerry has been confirmed as one of the contestants in the 35th season of the show, with the 46-year-old from Excelsior hoping to outlast her 18 rivals to claim the $1 million prize.

Her profile on InsideSurvivor reveals she calls Excelsior home, but currently works as a sports psychologist, therapist and professor at California's Foothill College.

And she should have no problem tackling some of the physical challenges facing Survivor contestants – she's a former Olympic swimmer, finishing fifth in the 200m butterfly at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

In her video profile, the mother-of-two said: "I'm very intense and I'm going to have to tone that down for some people maybe," she said.

"I want to win the million bucks, and I also want to be tested. I want to see what I'm made of."

In a first for the show, the competitors are being split up into three tribes based on the "positive traits most often associated with them by others."

Perhaps unsurprisingly given her Olympic past, Gerry is in the "Heroes Tribe," featuring those "used to being heralded for their high achievements."

Gerry is also a published author, writing "Be Your Best Without Stress: It’s Not About The Medal," which chronicles her childhood battle against Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome.

You can catch her competing in paradise when the season premieres at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27, on WCCO.

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