GIMP: The Story Behind the Star of Murderball

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College soccer star Mark Zupan had been out drinking one night and had passed out in the back of his best friend's pickup truck when his friend got in the driver's seat, decided to take the truck for a spin, and accidentally crashed it. Thrown into a canal and stuck in frigid water for fourteen hours, Mark was finally rescued and learned soon after that he'd broken his neck. He'd most likely be a quadriplegic and spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, doctors told him. At first Mark's only goal was to walk again. When that proved impossible, he fell into the depths of anger and despair, retreating from the world and the people closest to him. But love, friendship, and a new sport, quad rugby (a.k.a. "murderball"), helped Mark create a new existence that's truly exceptional.

Gimp, the no-holds-barred memoir of a Paralympic athlete and the star of the Academy Award–nominated documentary Murderball, is an inspiring, defiant, and revealing celebration of spirit and will that confounds readers' prejudices by offering proof that a guy in a chair can still do amazing things: have sex with his girlfriend, party with his friends . . . even crowd-surf at Pearl Jam shows.

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Mark Zupan is a Paralympic medal winner and the star of the MTV/ThinkFilm documentary Murderball. He lives in Austin.



Tim Swanson is the West Coast bureau chief for Premiere magazine. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Mark Zupan says that becoming a quadriplegic helped him get his life together. Here, with engaging frankness, he tells listeners about the accident that put him in a wheelchair and about the changes in his life afterward. A celebrity from his appearance in the movie MURDERBALL, the quadriplegic rugby star has a voice that conveys his toughness and determination without being hard-edged. Some of his blunt discussion might be discomforting as he talks about romance and rehab, but it helps to put listeners into his mind. While Zupan acknowledges his feelings of despair and loss as he went through rehab, his reading overall is optimistic and upbeat. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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