Yul Kwon - Survivor: Cook Islands
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Seasons: 2 | Days: 74 | Wins: 1 | Jury: 1

Survivor: Cook Islands (2006) - Winner, 5-4-0.

  • Received five jury votes to win, in Episode 15, "This Tribe Will Self-Destruct in 5... 4... 3..." (Day 39).

Survivor: Winners at War (2020) - 14th place, 9th out - 6th juror.

  • Voted out in Episode 7, "We're In the Majors" (Day 18).
  • Cumulative time: In-game - 18 days; Edge of Extinction - 17 days.

Yul Kwon - Career statistics

Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats

Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S13: Cook Islands 2.67 10.57 0.23 9 5 9 0.99 3.11 5 9 0.56 1.78 8.86
S40: Winners at War 0.66 3.54 0.19 3 3 4 0.72 3.00 - - - 0.91 3.66
Career 3.08 14.11 0.22 12 8 13 0.92 3.08 5 9 0.56 1.41 6.28
Yul Kwon - Challenge record
  • S13 logo Cook Islands challenges (click to expand/collapse)
    Stairway to Heaven - Ep8 IC
    Ep9 RC - Barrel of Monkeys

    Tribal/team challenge record (11-for-14):

    • Cook Islands Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Lock and Load Light" - Puka wins! (1st/4).
    • Cook Islands Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Tow the Line" - Puka wins again! (tie-1st/4).
    • Cook Islands Ep. 3 IC: "Steeple Chase" - With new Aitu, makes an ill-advised attempt at counter-tackling; Aitu loses.
    • Cook Islands Ep. 4 RC: "Strung Along" - Once again, Aitu wins!
    • Cook Islands Ep. 4 IC: "Mayday" - Part of the stretcher-puzzle group, Aitu wins again..
    • Cook Islands Ep. 5 RC: "Never Tear Us Apart" - Paired with Penner, first to drop his weight (30 lbs), and eventually, Aitu loses.
    • Cook Islands Ep. 5 IC: "United We Stand" - Holds the poles, Aitu wins.
    • Cook Islands Ep. 6 RC: "Kicking and Screaming" - With Penner, pulls Nate off his pole; Aitu wins.
    • Cook Islands Ep. 8 RC: "Smash and Grab" - Smashes and grabs, as Aitu wins again.
    • Cook Islands Ep. 8 IC: "Stairway to Heaven" - With Ozzy and Candice, gives Aitu a lead on the zipline; Aitu loses.
    • Cook Islands Ep. 9 RC: "Barrel of Monkeys" - With Ozzy, rolls the barrel; Aitu wins!
    • Cook Islands Ep. 9 IC: "Depth Charge" - Devises a superior targeting system, and Aitu wins again.
    • Cook Islands Ep. 10 RC: "Make Your Point" - Paired with Sundra, and once again, Aitu wins.
    • Cook Islands Ep. 10 IC: "South Pacific" - One of Aitu's four swimmers, Aitu wins one last one.


    Flotsam and Jetsam - Ep13 IC
    Mud Run - Ep14 RC

    Individual challenge record (0-for-7): (Mean % finish: 57%)

    • Cook Islands Ep. 11 IC:, "Mast Cling On" - Fifth to drop out, after 51 minutes (5th/9).
    • Cook Islands Ep. 12 IC: "Recollection" - Eliminated in the first round (bottom 5/8).
    • Cook Islands Ep. 13 RC: "Pass the Bucket" - Teamed with his brother, not among the leaders (bottom 4/7).
    • Cook Islands Ep. 13 IC: "Flotsam & Jetsam" - Not especially close, but at least tying sticks, loses to Ozzy (2nd/7).
    • Cook Islands Ep. 14 RC: "Mud Run" - Beats Adam by 0.5 lbs, gets to enjoy the reward getaway (3rd/6).
    • Cook Islands Ep. 14 IC: "Cannonball Run" - Reassembling his table maze as Ozzy wins (2nd/6).
    • Cook Islands Ep. 15 F5 IC: "Compass Ropes" - Does not win (bottom 4/5).
    • Cook Islands Ep. 15 F4 IC: "Self-Destruction" - Second out, 1 hour in (3rd/4).


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record (0-for-0):

    • Cook Islands: None.
  • S40 logo Winners at War challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Water Slaughter - Ep1 F20 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (4-for-9; 1 2nd):

    • Winners at War, Ep. 1 F20 IC: "Water Slaughter" - With Tyson, scores the first point; Dakal wins, 3-1.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 1 F19 IC: "Blue Lagoon Bustle" - Paddles, crosses obstacles, but Dakal loses.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Draggin' the Dragon" - Assembles, hauls and dismantles the cart; Dakal wins.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Along the Watch Tower" - Crosses obstacles, digs and carries ladder, and Dakal wins.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 4 RC/IC: "Beyond the Wheel" - Swims and tows the boat, but Dakal blows the puzzle, loses.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 5 IC: "Block in a Hard Place" - Now with Sele, crosses obstacles, knocks blocks, and Sele wins (1st/3).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 6 IC: "Rice Race" - Crosses obstacles, chops open the rice bags, but Sele loses.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 7 RC: "Ball-istic Missiles" - (Unaired). Sele finishes second (2nd*/3).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 7 IC: "Dishwalla" - Helps carry the dish across obstacles, but Sele loses by a second.


    Back in the Saddle - Ep8 RC

    Individual challenge record (0-for-2): (Mean % finish: 51.9%)

    • Winners at War, Ep. 8 RC: "Back in the Saddle" - Reaches the snake maze, but does not win (tie-2nd/8).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 14 EoE RC: "Don't Call It a Comeback" - Reaches the table maze, places no balls (tie-4th/13).


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record (0-for-0):

    • Winners at War: None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 15
    2nd place: 1
    Played: 23
    Win%: 0.67
    Sat out: --
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 0
    Played: 10
    Win%: 0.00
    Mean% Finish: 56.2%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Yul Kwon - Tribal Council record
  • S13 logo Cook Islands Tribal (click to expand/collapse)
    Yul uses his idol at the merge
    Final Three

    Idols held/played: (1/0)

    • Cook Islands, Ep. 2/3: Exiled in Episode 2 (and shown there), on the morning of Day 7 (Episode 3), follows the Exile Island clues, then finds and digs up the hidden idol.
    • Cook Islands, Ep. 11: Uses the threat of being able to play his idol after the vote to swing Penner away from the Raro alliance, giving Aitu a 5-4 advantage at the first post-merge Tribal Council.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (9/9):


    VAP - Votes against (5):

    • Cook Islands, Ep. 11: Four votes, from Adam, Parvati, Candice, and Nate.
    • Cook Islands, Ep. 15 (F5 vote): One vote, from Adam.


    Jury votes received (5/9):

    • Cook Islands, Ep. 15: Received five jury votes, from Sundra Oakley, Adam Gentry, Jonathan Penner, Candice Woodcock, and Brad Virata (winner, 5-4-0).
  • S40 logo Winners at War Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep1 F19 Tribal Council

    Idols/advantages held/played (0/0):

    • Winners at War: None yet.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (3/4):


    VAP - Votes against (3):

    • Winners at War, Ep. 7: Three votes, from Michele, Nick, and Wendell (voted out, 3-1).


    Jury votes made (1/1):

    • Winners at War, Ep. 14: Voted for Tony Vlachos, who won, 12-4-0.
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 1
    Played: 0
    Votes voided: --
  • Voting record
    VFB: 12
    Tribals: 13
    VAP: 8
  • Jury votes
    Made: 1
    For winners: 1
    Received: 5
    Total jurors: 9
Yul Kwon - Pictures
  • S13 logo Cook Islands image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
  • S40 logo Winners at War pictures (click to expand/collapse)
Yul Kwon - Interviews
Yul Kwon - Bios
  • S13 logo Cook Islands bio (click to expand/collapse)

    From his official CBS Survivor: Cook Islands bio page:


    "Yul Kwon was born in Queens, New York to parents who emigrated from South Korea. The family moved to the West Coast when he was six years old and he was raised in Concord, California. He attended high school at Northgate High in Walnut Creek, California, where he played varsity water polo and track and graduated valedictorian.


    Kwon then attended Stanford University and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in symbolic systems (theoretical computer science). While at Stanford, he received the James Lyons Award for Service, attended officer candidates school for the U.S. Marine Corps and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Kwon went on to receive his Juris Doctor Degree from Yale Law School, where he served on the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal.


    Kwon has enjoyed a diverse career straddling both the private and public sectors in law, business and technology. He practiced a mix of litigation, appellate, transactional and regulatory work at several law firms. He also served as a judicial clerk to a federal judge on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. Additionally, he worked as a legislative aide to Senator Joseph Lieberman in Washington, D.C., where he helped draft sections of the Homeland Security Bill and other technology-related legislation. Several years ago, Kwon decided to switch careers and become a management consultant at McKinsey. From there, he joined Google's business strategy group and most recently went back into consulting.


    Kwon's favorite hobbies include politics, boxing, ultimate fighting and volunteering with kids. He describes himself as idealistic, compassionate and ambitious. He became passionate about creating awareness for more minority bone marrow donors in the U.S. after launching a major search to find a match for his best friend who was diagnosed with leukemia, but ultimately succumbed to the disease.


    Kwon is a member of the Washington, D.C. and California State Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity.


    Kwon currently resides in San Mateo, California. His birth date is February 14, 1975."

  • S40 logo Winners at War bio (click to expand/collapse)

    Excerpts from his official CBS Survivor: Winners at War cast bio page (1/15/20):


    "Pet peeves: People who don't wash their hands after using the toilet. I'm a total germophobe.


    When did you first watch Survivor?

    Survivor: Borneo!


    Who is your inspiration in life?

    I once heard someone say that the richness of a person's life isn't measured by money, but by the people in it. I felt inspired by this back then, and continue to believe it today.


    What does Survivor mean to you and your family?

    I owe my family to Survivor. I met my wife after we were set up by Brad Virata (my tribemate from Cook Islands) and now we have two beautiful girls who just watched Survivor for the first time!


    What is one way playing Survivor changed your life?

    Winning Survivor gave me a platform for raising awareness of issues I care about, from diversity in media, to the need for more minority bone marrow donors, to the importance of civic and political engagement. It also gave me a lifelong aversion to eating coconuts.


    As Survivor approaches Season 40 and celebrates 20 years on television, what does it mean to be a part of the legacy?

    It's gratifying to be part of something that changed the media landscape and brought more diversity onscreen to mainstream audiences. Survivor showed that, regardless of gender or ethnic differences, we're all human beings who share a common capacity for connection, inspiration, and glee over well-executed blindsides.


    How will you play differently than you did in your past season?

    When I played on Cook Islands, I felt as though I had to walk on eggshells and monitor every word, especially in light of the surprise theme for that season. Now that I'm free of those constraints, I'm just gonna let it rip!"