Yul Kwon - Survivor: Cook Islands
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Seasons: 1 | Days: 39 | Wins: 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).

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
Career 2.67 10.57 0.23 9 5 9 0.99 3.11 5 9 0.56 1.78 8.86
Yul Kwon - Challenge record
  • S13 logo Cook Islands challenges
    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.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 11
    Played: 14
    Win%: 0.79
    Sat out: --
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 0
    Played: 7
    Win%: 0.00
    Mean% Finish: 57%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Yul Kwon - Tribal Council record
  • S13 logo Cook Islands Tribal
    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).
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 1
    Played: 0
    Votes voided: --
  • Voting record
    VFB: 9
    Tribals: 9
    VAP: 5
  • Jury votes
    Made: --
    Received: 5
    Total jurors: 9
Yul Kwon - Pictures
  • S13 logo Cook Islands image gallery
Yul Kwon - Interviews
  • S13 logo Cook Islands interviews

    Pre-game interviews


    Post-game interviews

    • Staci Krause at IGN.com (12/20/06): "Survivor: Cook Islands Winner Interview: Yul"
    • Tashi Tagg at TVSA (11/27/07): "Survivor: Cook Islands Interview: Yul Kwon"
    • Dalton Ross at EW.com (4/7/12): "Survivor winner Yul Kwon talks about his new show, and whether he'll ever head back to the island"
    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (5/9/12): "Survivor Winner Yul Kwon 'Reveals' All and Checking In with Stacey Powell"
Yul Kwon - Bio
  • S13 logo Cook Islands bio

    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."