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Zion Clark: Not An Underdog

Zion Clark was born in Columbus, Ohio and was immediately put up for adoption. He was born with a rare medical condition, caudal regression syndrome, that left him without legs. For most of his life he floated from one foster home and school to another. At the age of 2 he picked up the habit of play wrestling and continued it into 2nd grade when his art teacher, also a wrestling coach, encouraged him to pursued the sport seriously.

While attending Massillon Washington High School Clark became a member of the school’s wrestling team. After losing all his matches Junior year, he had  a hunger for success. Clark put in the work during the off season and during his Senior year he made it to the semifinals in the State Championship.This sparked the attention of Film Director, Floyd Russ and a paralympics official, despite losing the match. He qualified for the Paralympic Nationals at UCLA in California where he competed using a specially designed wheelchair. Zion went on to become Ohio’s fastest runner and won the 2016 100-meter and 400-meter state titles. He placed third in the 800-meter race.

“I don’t believe in excuses–there is no excuse to do anything good or bad, I believe we do what we want to do, and instead of making excuses for it, I focus on correcting the bad decisions and building upon the good ones.”

— Clark in an Interview with The Times

The film, “ZION”, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Fest and was then acquired by Netflix. The award-winning short documentary proves that possibility is a question of perspective.

Currently, Clark is attending Kent State University, Tuscarawas, New Philadelphia. He wrestles for the wrestling team there. He is training for and has his eye on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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