A Motivational Speaker for All Times An extraordinary STORY A powerful MESSAGE A life-changing EXPERIENCE
Learn about Cliff's devastating accident, his difficult recovery, and his dramatic rise to Olympic stardom — and beyond.
Cliff leads by example. His message is one of daring, hope, and determination
to learn, re-adapt,
persevere and
succeed — even amid the worst of circumstances.
Cliff's engaging story, compelling advice, and personable style make for an unforgettable presentation that deeply inspires and motivates all audiences.
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An outstanding role model of courage, character, and determination in the face of the seemingly impossible

After a construction accident that caused him to suffer severe electrical burns and the near loss of his legs at age 20, Cliff battled against all odds to recover. He then rose to become a two-time Olympian in the sport of kayaking. His fellow athletes elected him to receive the ultimate honor: bearing the flag and leading Team USA into the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremonies of Sydney 2000.

But that's not the end of the story—or Cliff's journey. In an ongoing quest for personal development, Cliff (who prior to his accident never dreamed he could accomplish what he has) went on to earn an MBA degree from USC, and build a successful career in Asset Management.

Yet Cliff's true passion is to serve, inspire, and help others, especially individuals, companies, and organizations who, like himself in the past and to this day, suffer hardship, despair, and overburdening challenges. Besides his active role as Motivational Speaker, Cliff advocates educational awareness, promotes the sport of Flatwater Kayaking, and works in partnership with community foundations and organizations to assist individuals in overcoming adversity. (Learn about the Meidl Medal)





Cliff Meidl -Olympian Heroes Series
Cliff was one of only 20 athletes honored in the Olympian Heroes Series, alongside such greats as Peter Vidmar, Rafer Johnson, and Mark Spitz. More photos

Cliff Meidl - Safe Digging, Lessons Learned Video

NBC- 2012 London- Fritz Coleman Olympians Sherri Howard, Paul Gonzales, and Cliff

Georgia 811 Locate Rodeo

Cliff Meidl with the USA Women's Water Polo Olympic Team 2008.

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