This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
03:08

No legs, no excuses, no problem for Netflix star and Tokyo 2020 hopeful Zion Clark

United States, Phoenix
September 02, 2019 at 11:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

"I want that gold, man, I want that Olympic glory," said 22-year-old Zion Clark, a wrestler born without legs, during an interview filmed in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, August 17th.

The star of the eponymous Netflix release 'Zion', Clark only has one thing on his mind and he will do anything to achieve it - as he also shows in the gym on Saturday, August 31st.

"Don't come up to me and tell me that I can't do it," he says. "I'm really gearing to make the Olympic team for 2020 this coming year, that's all my sights are set on."

Clark was born in Columbus, Ohio with a condition known as caudal regression syndrome which halted the development of his lower body but as the tattoo on his back reads - 'No excuses.'

He was moved from foster home to foster home early on in his life and was only fully adopted aged 17, but found an escape in wrestling when he was just seven-years-old.

Fifteen years later and Clark is hoping to become the first person to ever compete at both the Paralympics and Olympics as he pursues his dream of Tokyo 2020 on the wrestling mat and on the race track.

You can donate to Zion's Go Fund Me here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/zion-clark-journey-to-tokyo-2020

03:08
No Account? Sign up!
Description

"I want that gold, man, I want that Olympic glory," said 22-year-old Zion Clark, a wrestler born without legs, during an interview filmed in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, August 17th.

The star of the eponymous Netflix release 'Zion', Clark only has one thing on his mind and he will do anything to achieve it - as he also shows in the gym on Saturday, August 31st.

"Don't come up to me and tell me that I can't do it," he says. "I'm really gearing to make the Olympic team for 2020 this coming year, that's all my sights are set on."

Clark was born in Columbus, Ohio with a condition known as caudal regression syndrome which halted the development of his lower body but as the tattoo on his back reads - 'No excuses.'

He was moved from foster home to foster home early on in his life and was only fully adopted aged 17, but found an escape in wrestling when he was just seven-years-old.

Fifteen years later and Clark is hoping to become the first person to ever compete at both the Paralympics and Olympics as he pursues his dream of Tokyo 2020 on the wrestling mat and on the race track.

You can donate to Zion's Go Fund Me here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/zion-clark-journey-to-tokyo-2020

W/S Zion Clark coming out from corner, Phoenix, August 31st

W/S Clark approaching hurdle

W/S Clark jumping onto hurdle

M/S Clark jumping onto hurdle

M/S Clark reading phone

W/S Clark doing pull-up

M/S Clark doing pull-ups

W/S Clark climbing down from bar

C/S Clark lifting weights

M/S Clark lifting weights

W/S Clark jumping over hurdle

M/S Clark talking

C/U Zion enters, August 17th

SOT, Zion Clark, Tokyo 2020 hopeful: "During high school, people would kind of look at me like 'oh, that's the kid with no legs', even my mum would tell you up in the stand, 'how's he going to do this?' and then I'd go out there and just completely destroy the guy and beat him up and they'd walk off the mat wondering what happened."

M/S Zion and Chloe

SOT, Zion Clark, Tokyo 2020 hopeful: "I like that. I like people to know who I am. I want people to know I mean business."

M/S Zion and Chloe

SOT, Zion Clark, Tokyo 2020 hopeful: "I was a bum kid running around the streets, like doing the worst things you could possible imagine, like, I was that kid."

M/S Zion and Chloe

SOT, Zion Clark, Tokyo 2020 hopeful: "I didn't get adopted until I was 17 so that's 17 straight years in foster care, bouncing around, going through the worst possible conditions."

C/U Zion

SOT, Zion Clark, Tokyo 2020 hopeful: "Don't come up to me and tell me that I can't do it. Especially when I've worked that long to do it."

C/U Zion

SOT, Zion Clark, Tokyo 2020 hopeful: "I'm really gearing to make the Olympic team for 2020 this coming year. That's all my sights are set on. I want that gold, man. I want that Olympic glory. I want to be 'man, I'm the fastest man on the planet.' That's what I want to be able to say one day, you know?"

C/U Zion and Chloe leaving

C/U Zion

C/U Zion

Video Feed
Providing you with the best in breaking news, politics, science, sports, tech, viral and entertainment content
All latest videos
Russia: Massive ‘Centre 2019’ military drills begin in Orenburg
02:11
Russia: Massive ‘Centre 2019’ military drills begin in Orenburg
September 16 at 13:09 GMT +00:00
Africa's flashiest freestyle footballers battle it out for big bucks in Lagos
03:14
Africa's flashiest freestyle footballers battle it out for big bucks in Lagos
September 16 at 13:03 GMT +00:00
Luxembourg: Johnson and Juncker 'cautious' ahead of Brexit talks
01:12
Luxembourg: Johnson and Juncker 'cautious' ahead of Brexit talks
September 16 at 13:00 GMT +00:00
Turkey: Erdogan, Putin hold bilateral talks ahead of Syria summit
00:40
Turkey: Erdogan, Putin hold bilateral talks ahead of Syria summit
September 16 at 12:28 GMT +00:00
Germany: FM Maas voices concern over Saudi Arabia oil attacks
01:49
Germany: FM Maas voices concern over Saudi Arabia oil attacks
September 16 at 12:01 GMT +00:00
Turkey: Putin arrives in Ankara for trilateral Syria summit
01:46
Turkey: Putin arrives in Ankara for trilateral Syria summit
September 16 at 11:50 GMT +00:00
Austria: US 'condemns Iran’s attack on Saudi Arabia' oil supplies - Eng Sec Perry at IAEA conference
01:48
Austria: US 'condemns Iran’s attack on Saudi Arabia' oil supplies - Eng Sec Perry at IAEA conference
September 16 at 11:27 GMT +00:00
China: Hong Kongers rallying outside British consulate 'shameful' - FM spox.
02:08
China: Hong Kongers rallying outside British consulate 'shameful' - FM spox.
September 16 at 10:22 GMT +00:00
Mexico: Obrador celebrates first Cry of Dolores on Mexican Independence Day
02:23
Mexico: Obrador celebrates first Cry of Dolores on Mexican Independence Day
September 16 at 08:33 GMT +00:00
Canada: PM Trudeau celebrates US Open champion Andreescu in hometown rally
03:02
Canada: PM Trudeau celebrates US Open champion Andreescu in hometown rally
September 16 at 07:13 GMT +00:00
Syria: Displaced Syrians return to homes in Hama, Idlib provinces
02:09
Syria: Displaced Syrians return to homes in Hama, Idlib provinces
September 16 at 05:54 GMT +00:00
'A ton of schnitzel' breaks world record in Bavarian town of Mengkofen
02:16
'A ton of schnitzel' breaks world record in Bavarian town of Mengkofen
September 16 at 05:09 GMT +00:00
All latest videos