Challenge Hall of Fame Inductee #4
If you read any of my posts, you’ll know I am not a huge Cara Maria fan (on a personal level). Whether a person is popular or likable should have no bearing on their status as a competitor or Hall of Fame-worthy Challenger. To be a Hall of Famer in any sport I believe you need to have longevity (check), success (check) and have made a lasting mark on your sport (check). Cara Maria entered the Challenge on Fresh Meat as an absolute layup - the girl that Abram carried along because he had a romantic relationship with her. Cara was almost comically bad at Challenges early in her career, so to think she would ever be near this position is actually pretty incredible.
Over the years, Cara started to focus more and more on CrossFit, working out and getting herself into shape. The hard work came to fruition during Bloodlines, where Cara and her cousin Jamie Banks won, securing her first Challenge Championship. She continued her prominence, including a second-place finish on a grueling Dirty 30 finale where she was beaten by friend Camila Nakagawa.
Perhaps securing her place in the Hall of Fame was her first place finish on the follow-up to Dirty Thirty, Vendettas. This was the first season in which there was a solo winner, an even more impressive feat where Cara was able to outlast Challenge monster Zach and impressive rookie Kyle.