Napoleon Woo

Do you go by a nickname?  In my part of the woods people call me the legend.

Birthdate: 20 January 1957.

What is your occupation?  I am a restaurant owner.

What/when was your first climb?My first climb was in 1999 in Shawinigan, Quebec.

How many climbs have you completed?  About 25.

Why/how did you start?  I started stairclimbing to rehabilitate track and field injuries.

Do you have a favorite climb? Why?  I usually train on a 398 step, stair case outside.  I started at about 15 years old, just getting up one time was hard enough.  I like all the climbs because each one is a unique experience. But if forced to choose one I would say it's the Cap Blanc staircase where I train.

Least favorite climb?  My least favorite is the one in Frankfurt because they had timing problems and I was listed as finishing 4th.

Why do you climb? I climb because it's hard and not for wimpy people.
Are there other sports you're passionate about? I also like track and lifting weights to prevent injuries.

How do you train?  I train approximately 6 times a week from an hour to an hour and a half sessions.

Do you have a special relationship with any of your step-siblings?    I would have to say Mark who approached me and my daughter to have supper after doing the empire state building is a special person with his positive personality.

Who inspires you? Any athlete who overcomes odds and wins inspires me.

Do you have a good luck charm or any superstitions or pre-race rituals?  I don't have any good luck charms but I always make sure to tie my laces tight.

What's on your iPod during workouts/competitions?   I don't listen to music during trainning or competition because it is a distraction and I like to feel the grains of sand I am running on.
If we had numbers on our jerseys what would yours be?  If I had a number on my jersey it would be 8.

What would you like to tell others about yourself and your experience with stair climbing that might inspire them in their lives? If they want to excel to be constant in their trainning and not find excuses not to train but to find excuses to go out and train.  Stair climbing is one of the few sports where you have to go up to achieve your goals.