Mark Zupan

As Interviewed By Fiona R., March 9, 2019
"One of my best friends in the world, he’s responsible just for me still being alive, still being who I am."
Mark Zupan

Introductory Profile: About Mark Zupan

I interviewed Mark Zupan. He used to work with my dad and they became friends. Mr. Zupan was born in Cleveland, Ohio and went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He played varsity football and soccer, earning him a scholarship to Florida Atlantic University. On October 14, 1993 he was in an accident. As a result he has incomplete quadriplegia. He is best known for being in the documentary Murderball. He also wrote a book: GIMP: When Life Deals You A Crappy Hand You Can Fold - Or You Can Play. In addition, he was the Captain of the United States Wheelchair Rugby team. He competed in the 2004 and 2008 Paralympic games, winning Bronze in Athens, Greece and Gold in Beijing.

In this podcast Mr. Zupan explains how supportive his family and friends were after the accident. This support helped him learn how to live with his disability and helped him transition into becoming a Paralympic champion. In addition he describes how it felt to win a bronze medal and a gold medal for his country. He said “It’s kind of a weight off your shoulders. You just go ‘Wow. Well, finally.’” To tie the two ideas together he said “It was pretty cool because when you look around, the game’s over, you look around and you see your mom, you see your dad,you see your friends in the stands and they’re just there to support. And they finally see you get to reach your goal. It’s pretty surreal, I’m not gonna lie. ”