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Zion Clark      

Motivational Speaker, Author & Professional Athlete, Known for his two-time Emmy Award-Winning Documentary "Zion"

Zion Clark was born September 29th 1997 in Columbus, Ohio. with a rare birth defect called Caudal Regression Syndrome which caused him to be born without legs. Given up for adoption at birth with a mother not fit to take care of him and no father, Clark had to fend for himself from a young age. His childhood was a recipe for disaster, bouncing around between the foster care system and being labelled a problem child caused the system to give up on him early. Clark didn’t let his stop him from learning new skills, he picked up wrestling and music as at a young age which became his outlet from an abusive living situation. Through resiliency and consistently Clark continued to figure out his way of approaching some of these passions and earned his position as an All-American wrestler, and lead drummer of his church. He continues to defy all odds with his optimistic approach and no excuses mentality he embodies.

Clark was introduced to the sport of wrestling while in elementary school, but initially didn't fare very well...in fact, he didn't win a match for several years. Upon entering Massillon High School, Clark met Coach Gil Donahue who recognized his passion for the sport and relentless work ethic. A wonderful friendship and bond was forged.

Over the next 3 years Clark improved his wrestling technique and hit the weight room like a man possessed. An amazing transformation followed!

In his senior year, Clark finished the season 33-15 and was one match from qualifying for the D-I Ohio High School State Wrestling Championships. In an incredible display of heart and determination, Clark wrestled his opponent (a 20 pd. weight differential) beyond the grueling 6 minutes of regulation and 2 overtimes...only to fall 1-0 in sudden death.

The fans in the packed gymnasium rose to their feet and zealously applauded Clark's courageous effort. A few months later Clark went on to capture his second high school track wheelchair racing title at the state championships.

Clark was recruited by several colleges to wrestle and chose to attend Kent State (Tuscarawas)...where he spent the following 2 years steadily improving his skills and finding success at the varsity level.

With his confidence and national ranking on the rise, Clark decided to embark on his toughest mission to date...becoming the first American Athlete to compete in both the Olympic (wrestling) and Paralympic (wheelchair racing) Games in Tokyo (2020).

Understanding the magnitude of this difficult challenge, Clark has surrounded himself with a very dedicated and highly supportive team...including budding friendships with Olympic/World Champion Jordan Burroughs and undefeated (133-0) 4x NCAA titlist Joey Davis.

Due to his tremendous upper body strength and athleticism, Clark is also pursuing interests in power lifting (bench press), wheelchair bodybuilding, and the circus arts.

Clark's herculean efforts hadn't gone unnoticed as a Hollywood producer documented his journey during senior year. The film Zion garnered critical acclaim at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival (2018) and global media exposure (it's currently available on Netflix).

In addition to his brutal training/practice regimen, Clark stays busy as a motivational speaker.

The moral of Clark's inspirational story is that things don't always go smoothly in life...but in order to succeed, you must adapt to your individual circumstances.

Priding himself in hard work, Clark offers that there are no excuses...or shortcuts!

It's all about faith, passion, and perseverance.

Clark urges others to "Be Greater Than" > ...the obstacles you face.

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