The Greatest Female Players in Challenge History: #10- Rachel Robinson
7 Seasons: Battle of the Sexes, The Gauntlet (Win), Battle of the Sexes 2, Inferno II (Final), The Island, Duel II (Win), Battle of the Exes
1–2 Elimination Record
23 Challenge Wins
Daily Challenges: 9/10
For someone who is universally considered one of the greatest female competitors in Challenge history, Rachel has a pretty bizarre career.
A true OG and one of the first real “fit chicks” who made her debut in season six, Rachel’s career is filled with highs and lows.
Despite being above Aneesa, Tonya and Christina on the leaderboard on Battle of the Sexes, Rachel was voted off in her rookie season by the Inner Circle for…reasons.
Emily, Ruthie and Ellen said that they were voting out Rachel because she wasn’t a team player, leading Rachel to give probably her most iconic moment, saying, “This game is ugly, the Inner Circle is ugly, and I don’t want to be a part of it anymore.”
Rachel returned on The Gauntlet and was arguably the best female competitor on the season (at least 1 and 1A with Roni Martin), staying out of elimination the entire season and winning her first championship with Road Rules.
On Sexes 2 Rachel had another early exit, hurting herself with a bad political move. She was going to be a captain with Sophia and Katie, but when she implied that Katie was going to be voted out if the girls lost, Katie dropped out of being a captain and Tonya took her place. When the girls lost, Rachel was eliminated in a close vote spearheaded by Katie.
Appropriately placed on the Bad Asses on Inferno II, Rachel proved to be the best female on the season. She was never nominated for the Inferno, once again skating to the final. But the Bad Asses were held back by Tonya and Tina’s lack of cardio in the final.
After a long layoff, Rachel returned on The Island as one of the few true veterans on the season. When Abram asked to be voted out after the second faceoff, Rachel tried to rally the votes against Bananas instead. She fell a couple of votes short, and the move backfired when she lost the next faceoff to KellyAnne and was voted off over Robin.
Rachel came on the next season, Duel II, and proved that she thrives when she actually gets a chance to compete.
Partnered with Mark for most of the season, Rachel won four missions, never saw an elimination and won the final, becoming the second female individual winner in the show’s history.
Rachel came back for Battle of the Exes and was at a significant disadvantage being partnered with Aneesa, as they were the only female-female team on the season. Still, they were able to take out Tyrie/Jasmine in X Knocks the Spot.
But her previous feud with Bananas on The Island continued to haunt her, as she and Aneesa were thrown in twice by Johnny/Camila. They were eventually eliminated by Dunbar/Paula in Banded Together.
When the season is based just on competition, Rachel always does well, as The Gauntlet, Inferno II and Duel II showed. But I can’t think of many females in Challenge history that have gotten themselves into more bad situations politically than Rachel.
Tonya, Veronica and she are the only players in Challenge history to be voted out of three seasons (there have only been four seasons with vote outs), but Rachel was clearly a better competitor than those two. Other than the seasons she made it to the end on, she always found herself in some type of political dispute.
It’s weird that one of the best female competitors of all time only has three good seasons to her name, but some of her lackluster seasons keep her out of the top six.