A man that was born without legs due to a genetic disorder has defied the odds and has placed everyone who doubted his abilities in the right places by becoming a professional freestyle wrestler.
Zion Clark, the pro wrestler, was born with the Caudal Regression Syndrome, an extremely rare disorder that affects a 5th of every 100,000 births.
It impairs the development of the lower spine.
Zion was placed in foster care at a very young age, however, Kimberlii, her foster mother, adopted him and raised him to become a doer.
As he grew up, things were not easy for Zion.
He said that people would usually mock him because of his unique condition. Luckily, all the hate that he got did not stop him from working hard and reaching his goals.
When he was in second grade, he started to develop his love for wrestling.
Talking about his passion, he said:
People would make fun of me because I didn’t have legs. The best way to deal with haters is to use the hate to lift yourself up. The haters are your biggest fans – use that to your advantage.
Recalling his first few months of learning the sport of wrestling, he said that he had no idea what to do.
Zion, who is now 22 years old, said that some of the children that he faced against were scared to wrestle him, which he felt the same.
School was not the greatest time for Zion, however everything changed when he became a senior and went on to college, where he did everything that he wanted to do.
Zion said he spent years figuring out what would work for him when it came to wrestling.
He currently trains 2 times per day, 6 days every week, just to make sure that he becomes the best version of himself.
Man, you are an inspiration.
The biggest lesson I’ve had to learn is that things won’t always go your way. You have to work with what you’ve got. Once you’re able to work with what you have, multiple doors just start to open.
Kimberlii, the foster mother of Zion, gets all the credit for his success as she was always there for her to cheer him when he was down, said Zion.
He said that his relationship with his mother is fantastic.
When asked how great she is, Zion said: “She’s the greatest woman I know.”
Zion wants to be part of the Olympic team and is hoping to become one of the best freestyle wrestlers that the world has ever seen.
With the hard work and dedication that Zion is currently showing, the chances are pretty high that he will become one of the greatest to ever step in the ring.