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,
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.
That's when two billion viewers around the world
learned about this remarkable young man from Manhattan Beach, and his heroic story of courage, perseverance, and hope against all hope.
CLIFF'S STORY BEGINS IN 1986, with a tragic construction accident that happened when he was just a 20-year-old college student working his way through school as an apprentice plumber.
On a chilly November morning, Cliff was assigned the task of taking a jackhammer to an area of concrete at a job site. As he was working, the tip of his jackhammer made contact with three unmarked high-voltage electrical cables and 30,000 volts of electricity—many times the charge of an electric chair—coursed through his body.
This impact blew Cliff out of the hole. But he fell right back in and again made contact on the still-pounding jackhammer which came into contact with his knees.
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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
"Some 1,000 hardened construction officials gave Cliff Meidl a standing ovation as he concluded his remarks. Inspiring stuff. Maybe now I have seen and heard it all!"— I. Weinstock More testimonials