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Woo Hwang

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Contestant Profile
Birth Date March 16, 1984 (1984-03-16) (age 32)
Hometown Newport Beach, CA
Occupation Martial Arts Instructor

Cagayan

Tribe(s) Aparri
► Solana
Solarrion
Placement Runner-Up (2/18)
Alliance(s) Solana Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 11
Vote(s) Against 4
Day(s) Lasted 39

Cambodia

Tribe(s) Ta Keo
► Angkor
► Ta Keo
Placement 14/20
Challenge(s) Won 5
Vote(s) Against 5
Day(s) Lasted 16
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Yung "Woo" Hwang is a contestant from Survivor: Cagayan and Survivor: Cambodia.

Best known for his lackadaisical and entertaining attitude, Woo followed through his moral code by taking his ally Tony Vlachos to the Final Two instead of the unpopular Kass McQuillen. This was perceived by the jury as playing passively, which ultimately cost him the million dollar prize.

Returning in Cambodia, Woo found himself in an alliance with the "old school" contestants and later, at odds with tribemate Abi-Maria Gomes. He was blindsided a day before the merge because Ciera Eastin and Kass Mcquillen believed that he was too closely aligned with Andrew Savage.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Cagayan

Name (Age): Yung "Woo" Huang (黄) (29)
Tribe Designation: Aparri
Current Residence: Newport Beach, Calif.
Occupation: Martial Arts Instructor
Personal Claim to Fame: Graduating College.
Inspiration in Life: My parents. They taught me the meaning of hard work and commitment.
Hobbies: Martial arts, surfing and sports (Basketball, Tennis, Soccer, Golf).
Pet Peeves: Rude and loud people with no manners.
3 Words to Describe You: Loyal, positive and ambitious.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? A surfboard to surf remote untouched waves in an empty lineup all to myself; A football to pass some time; and a martial art weapon (nunchaku, bo staff or katana): practicing weapons makes me feel alive!
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: With my martial arts experience, my game is very strong, humble, grateful and respectful, much like Ozzy Lusth.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Adventure of a life time. It's a great opportunity to test myself both physically and mentally. Also, it's a great chance to participate in an amazing game for the chance to be crowned the Sole Survivor and win a million stacks!
Why You Think You'll "Survive" SURVIVOR: I have both the physical and social game to make it to the end. More importantly, I think it's my instincts and ability to adapt to my surroundings that will allow me to "survive" in this game.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: This game was made for me! I'm smart and can play a great social game. People tend to like me. I'm fast and agile. I'll do great in obstacle course challenges. I have undeniable focus and concentration and I'll smash the competition in balancing challenges. I can swim well and climb coconut trees. I am SURVIVOR!
Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? I guess I could fall under any of those categories. If I had to choose one I would have to say Brawn cause of my Martial Arts Background.
Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? That's a tough question... I would say you want to possess all those qualities in order to win Survivor. If I had to choose one, I would say Brawn because as sports athletes they understand pressure situations of competition (composure). They have the where with all of team play, and with the structure of the game of survivor in order to advance in the game you need the help of your teammates (supportive). Brain's would fail because of their know-it-all attitudes (conflicting). The Beauties would fail because they will sit back and expect everything to be handed to them.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" SURVIVOR: I have both the physical and social game to make it to the end. More importantly, I think it's my instincts and ability to a Sole Survivor and win a million stacks!

 Cambodia

Season: Survivor: Cagayan
Previous Finish: Runner-Up
What will you do differently this time around? "For me, the ultimate decision comes down to whether or not I uphold my martial art values while playing the game. On Cagayan, I adapted to the gameplay to make it to the final two, but in the end, I did not adapt who I was as a person. Survivor is a game that has, up until now, proven that in order to win, you have to get your hands dirty. Should I enter the dark side to win it all? Or should I prove that morality can trump deceit, even on Survivor? Right now, all I know is that I'm going to have even more fun than I did last time."

Survivor: Cagayan

Woo was placed on Aparri, the Brawn tribe of Cagayan. Woo, being an avid basketball card collector, immediately recognized former NBA player Cliff Robinson, whom he proceeded to align with. The tribe proved to be successful in the beginning, winning every single challenge. When Tony Vlachos lied to Sarah Lacina by saying that Cliff and Lindsey Ogle were gunning for her, Sarah convinced Woo and Trish Hegarty to come into their alliance and throw the upcoming Immunity Challenge to vote Cliff out, followed by Lindsey. Cliff, however, single-handedly saved himself by winning the challenge for Aparri despite Sarah, Trish, and Woo's attempts to throw the challenge.

At the Tribe Switch, all the Aparri members other than Sarah were switched to the new Solana tribe with original members Jefra Bland and LJ McKanas. After losing the next Immunity Challenge, the original Aparri members agreed to vote out LJ. Trish, however, had bonded with LJ and, after managing to pull in Tony, joined LJ and Jefra in blindsiding Cliff. Upon returning to camp, Trish and Lindsey then got into a heated argument, which resulted in Lindsey quitting the game and leaving Woo firmly on the outs.

Solana won the next Immunity Challenge, allowing Woo to make it to the merge and became part of the merged tribe, Solarrion. Being down in numbers, the new Solana Alliance needed Sarah's vote, but Sarah overheard her former allies (along with Jefra and LJ) yell "Top 5!" at the previous challenge, which made her feel excluded. Woo won the first individual Immunity Challenge, but his alliance was still down in numbers. Trish saw an opportunity when she noticed Kass McQuillen's continued arguments with Sarah. At Tribal Council, Kass flipped from the Aparri Alliance and voted out Sarah, who became the first member of the jury.

After being part of the winning team at the next Reward Challenge, Spencer Bledsoe retrieved a clue to a Hidden Immunity Idol and took it back to camp with him. While by a stream, Spencer was spotted by Woo, who picked up his pants from the ground, resulting in the clue falling out. Woo spotted this and immediately picked it up and quickly sprinted back to camp to share it with everybody in his alliance which angered Spencer. This sparked a massive hunt for the Hidden Immunity Idol, which was ultimately found by Spencer.

After LJ was blindsided by Tony and Woo, Jefra felt insecure about Tony's deception towards everybody and confronted Trish to try to gun for him. Trish and Kass, however, were able to assuage Jefra's fears and pull her back into their alliance. Several days later, however, Tony and Woo began to fear the possibility of an alliance forming between the remaining women and decided to blindside Jefra.

The team of Woo, Kass, and Spencer then won the next Reward Challenge, where Kass and Spencer tried to convince Woo to vote with them and Tasha Fox in flushing one of Tony's Hidden Immunity Idols. Though hesitant, Woo agreed to the plan but was later approached by Kass, who had changed her mind. At Tribal Council, Kass and Woo stuck with Tony and Trish, sending Tasha to the jury.

The following morning, Woo confessed to Tony that he had considered aligning with the Aparri Alliance the previous night, noting that Kass was also in on the plan. Tony later confronted Kass, though he claimed to forgive her and noted that he planned on going to the end with her and Trish. Kass, unsatisfied by this, revealed this to Woo, causing him to doubt his own alliance with Tony. This angered Tony, and led to Kass plotting with Spencer and Woo to break up the pair of Tony and Trish. At Tribal Council, Woo and Tony joined Kass and Spencer in blindsiding Trish.

The next day, the Final Four were surprised when they were visited by their loved ones, including Woo's cousin. After failing to win the next Immunity Challenge, Spencer decided to scramble because he felt insecure about his position. Spencer took Tony out to the woods to explain his theory that there would be a Final Two and whoever won the next challenge would choose somebody to be in the other position. Spencer claimed that if either Kass or Woo win, they would take each other to the end. If Tony vote Woo out and Spencer won the following Immunity Challenge, he would take Tony with him. Tony, however, decided to stick with his alliance and voted Spencer out at Tribal Council.

Woo and Kass agreed that voting Tony out next would be in their best interests and agreed to take each other to the end. After Woo narrowly defeated Kass to win the Final Immunity Challenge, both Tony and Kass made their case to Woo. Tony appealed to Woo's sense of honor, pointing out that the jury would see him as being disloyal if he voted Tony out. Kass, on the other hand, stressed her being less than popular with the jury after her move at the merge. At Tribal Council, Woo shocked everyone when he voted Kass out, taking Tony with him to the Final Two.

At the Final Tribal Council, Woo emphasized his adherence to the five tenets of Tae Kwon Do—discipline, integrity, loyalty, respect, and harmony between mind and body—in spite of the deceitful nature of the game. However, Woo's loyalty and obedience also made the jury question Woo's desire to win. Kass lambasted Woo for his decision to take Tony to the end instead of her, while Spencer compared Woo to a dog loyal to its master. In the end, Tony got 8 jury votes to Woo's sole vote from Tasha, leaving Woo as the runner-up.

At the Reunion Show, Jeff Probst polled the jury on who would have voted for Woo had he taken Kass with him to the end, with 8 of 9 (including Tony) raising their hands.

Voting History

Woo's Voting History
Episode Woo's
Votes
Voted Against
Woo
1 Aparri Tribe Immune
2 Aparri Tribe Immune
3 Aparri Tribe Immune
4 Aparri Tribe Immune
5 LJ -
6 Solana Tribe Immune
7 Sarah Individual Immunity
8 Morgan -
9 LJ -
10 Jeremiah Jeremiah,
Spencer, Tasha
11 Jefra -
12 Tasha -
13 Trish -
14 Spencer Spencer
Kass Individual Immunity
Jury Votes
For Woo
Tasha
Runner-Up, Day 39

Survivor: Cambodia

Statistics of Woo Hwang
Longevity
Seasons competed 2
Total number of days 55
Challenge Wins
Tribal wins 13
Individual wins 3
Total 16
Tribal Council
Total votes received 9
Exile Island
Times exiled N/A
Redemption Island
Days spent at Redemption Island N/A
Duels won N/A

Woo was one of the twenty castaways chosen to compete on Survivor: Cambodia for a second chance at Survivor.

Woo was apart of the Ta Keo tribe. After hitting the beach he immediately set up camp along with old school players Kelly Wiglesworth, Terry Deitz, and Vytas Baskauskas. After losing the first Immunity Challenge Ta Keo immediately went to Tribal Council, where Woo along with the old school players minus Jeff Varner and Peih-Gee Law voted for Abi-Maria Gomes because of her volatility. However, Vytas was voted off. After losing there second challenge in the row Woo along with the others targeted Shirin Oskooi and his Cagayan castmate Spencer Bledsoe for playing too hard. At Tribal Council, they split their votes between Spencer and Shirin and Shirin was voted off. On Day 7, a tribe swap occurred. Woo along with Abi, Peih-Gee, and Jeff were switched to Angkor which was the third tribe introduced at the tribe swap. They were joined by original Bayon's Tasha Fox who played with him in Cagayan and Andrew Savage. Woo told his original Ta Keo members to stick together. However, after losing the Immunity Challenge, both Peih-Gee and Abi targeted each other. At Tribal Council, Woo sided with Peih-Gee and voted against Abi but Peih-Gee was voted off. Abi was upset that Woo voted for her again. After Angkor lost their second challenge in a row, Varner was targeted for being a strategic threat but Woo was targeted by Abi for voting for her twice. At Tribal Council, both Jeff and Woo pledged loyalty to the majority alliance, but they chose to eliminate Varner. Angkor finally ended their losing streak on Day 13. The next day a tribe swap occurred. Woo and Abi were switched back to Ta Keo and Andrew also switched to Ta Keo. They were joined by Spencer Bledsoe who he played with in Cagayan, Kelly Wiglesworth, Ciera Eastin, and Kass McQuillen. After losing the Reward Challenge Woo along with Andrew, Abi, Kass, and Ciera decided to target Spencer if they lost the Immunity Challenge. After losing the Immunity Challenge, they confirmed to get rid of Spencer but use Ciera as a decoy. However, Ciera unhappy about being used as a decoy and worried that Woo was too closely aligned with Andrew, formed an alliance with Kass, Abi and Spencer to blindside Woo. At Tribal Council, Woo was blindsided in a 4-3 vote. He was the first of the three former finalists to be voted off.

Voting History

Woo's Voting History
Episode Woo's
Votes
Voted Against
Woo
1 Abi-Maria -
2 Shirin -
3 Abi-Maria -
4 Jeff Jeff
5 Angkor Tribe Immune
6 Spencer Abi-Maria, Ciera,
Kass, Spencer
Voted Off, Day 16

Post-Survivor

Trivia

  • Woo is the youngest male member of the Aparri tribe.
  • According to Woo, the Survivor medical team "strongly considered" pulling him from the game after his fall from the papaya tree.[4]
  • Woo is the first castaway to win the Final Immunity Challenge at the final three since J.T. Thomas in Survivor: Tocantins.
  • Woo was the first Asian-American finalist since Yul Kwon and Becky Lee from Survivor: Cook Islands.
  • Woo lost 19 lbs (8.6 kg) during Survivor: Cagayan.
  • In Cagayan, the only pre-merge Tribal Council Woo went to was the fifth one. In Cambodia, it was the opposite, as Woo went to every pre-merge Tribal Council, except the fifth.

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