Today, we'll look at the extraordinary story of an incredible athlete who accomplished so much despite being born with a disability.
Zion Clark, an African American, is the person in question. Clark was born in 1997 in Columbus, Ohio. There is no lower body and no human tissue below the waist during birth. Clark will need surgery to create an artificial gut and an artificial collection bag for excretion in his abdomen.
He was born with a condition known as tail degenerative syndrome, which is extremely rare. Due to his condition, his parents ruthlessly abandoned him when he was born. Clark was on the point of death when he was rejected by seven foster homes before being accepted into an orphanage home, where he survived. Growing up was one of the most challenging aspects of Zion Clark's life, since he was frequently discriminated against and humiliated by his classmates. Because of his courage, strength, and hope, he was able to quietly accept his peer's humiliation. It is because of this outlook on life that he has been able to mature through time despite adversity.
Clark met his first nobleman when he was eight years old; he is an art teacher who also works as a part-time wrestling coach. When Clark was bullied by his classmates, the instructor stepped in to help him. Along the way, the teacher discovered Clark's wrestling talent and encouraged him to pursue the sport seriously despite his physical limitations.
Clark decided to follow his teacher's advise and began wrestling training. He turned pro in wrestling and began competing against other wrestlers. In professional wrestling, he had an exceptional record of 33 victories and 15 losses towards the end of his high school career.
Clark resumed his wrestling career in college, but he only discovered how difficult it was to wrestle when he never won a game his first year. He realized that he was losing matches because of his handicap, therefore he only drove himself to work hard and train constantly.
He had to learn to utilize his arm as both hands and feet simultaneously. The second hand must be strong enough to knock the opponent down while walking forward with one hand on the ground. In addition to his wrestling training, Clark would frequently visit the gym and perform various workouts in order to maintain his incredible physical health. Clark had previously achieved greatness in wrestling by finishing eighth in the national college wrestling association at the end of his college career.
Clark went on to compete in the paralympic wheelchair race competition after being encouraged to do so by a paralympic official. Clark also found he was a good racer there.
In 2016, he won the 100m and 400m state titles, making him Ohio's fastest wheelchair racer with a pace of 32 kilometers per hour. Clark has also just set a Guinness World Record for the fastest two-handed sprinter. To set the record, he ran 20 meters in 4.78 seconds. Zion Clark had the message "No Excuses" tattooed on his back to motivate himself when he was low.
We might grumble and be negative in the face of an unpleasant life, but after complaining, we must start over, work hard like Clark, make no excuses, come on, and push on.
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