Zion Clark is a 22-year-old American professional wrestler. He was born without legs due to a congenital malformation called causal regression syndrome and was given up for adoption as soon as he arrived in the world, so he never met his parents.
He lived in orphanages, suffered from hunger, abuse and harassment. But sport saved his life and his story of overcoming reached the cinema thanks to Netflix.
“I started fighting in second grade,” Zion told the Daily Mail. “When I was very young, in the first fights I didn’t know what to do and neither did my opponent.” Over time, after much trial and error, he adapted his fighting style until he discovered how to develop his own technique for his condition.
Currently, the wrestler trains six times a week in double shift, with the dream of “one day being part of the Olympic team, and being one of the best freestyle wrestlers in the world.”
Through his performance at school, Zion earned a place at Kent State University, where he studies business administration.
Kimberlli Hawkins is Zion’s adoptive mom. She took him in when he was 16 and they started a family. “My relationship with her is fantastic. She is the greatest woman I know,” he thanked her. And she revealed that she always supported her love of athletics.
Throughout his childhood, Zion was unable to gain any victory as a fighter. The triumphs began to come when he grew up and his muscles developed.
With a weight of 40 kg. was placed in the featherweight category, with fighters weighing 50 kg. He finished as one of the top eight student wrestling athletes in his country, with 15 wins in 33 fights at Massillon upon graduation.
In 2018 Netflix released a short documentary about the life of Zion Clark.