Zion, a Netflix documentary short chronicling the life of high school wrestler Zion Clark, is a story unlike any you've seen before. Clark was born with caudal regression syndrome, which left him without legs. In addition to his physical challenge, Clark was subjected to the foster care system after being put up for adoption as an infant. But Clark channeled his difficult past into his passion for athletics, particularly wrestling. The doc, out Aug. 10, speaks to his resilience and integrity with which he approaches the sport he's become so dedicated to. Clark's story is so inspiring, and so is where Zion Clark is now, in 2018.
Audiences will be pleased to know that Clark has extended his life-long love of wrestling into his college career. On the heels of a 33-15 record at Massillon Washington High School during his senior year, he enrolled in Kent State. He's currently pursuing a degree in business management, according to an article on the college's site, and, of course, throwing himself into the university's athletics department. Not only is he on the Kent State Tuscarawas Golden Eagles team, he's ranked eighth in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association and has aspirations for national championships and even Olympic gold.
The documentary short, directed by Floyd Russ, is a testament to the power of one's convictions and the ability to carve your own path in order to achieve your goals. Clearly, Clark continues to forge forward, not allowing anything to stop him. Another way Clark fulfills his life is seemingly by mentoring others in the sport, as seen on his Instagram. It can feel easy to rest on our limitations and default to resignation when we fail. But as shown in both the documentary and his recent years, Clark has clearly utilized any perceived "limits" and turned them into ways to make his dreams a reality.