Niagara Gazette — "At first, I was insecure walking around like that," he said. " But I eventually got over that negativity, and think 'what does it matter what others think when I'm trying to achieve my goal.'"
He eventually upgraded to taller legs with advanced technology that react to his movements. It took two years from the time of the accident for Clapp to feel comfortable walking, and he doesn't underwrite how difficult that process was.
"It's probably one of the hardest things on the face of this planet to get up and walk on two metal legs," he said. "I can't tell you the number of times I fell, because I lost count."
Now, Clapp is more active than most people that have all four limbs. He surfs, skis, runs, swims, golfs and even drives a car.
And Clapp has also taken on his dream of acting. He's appeared in TV sitcom "My Name is Earl" and starred in the motion picture "Stop Loss."
Despite his athletic passions and motivational speaking, Clapp still finds the time to volunteer through Wounded Warriors and Camp Without Limits, where he is a counselor for kids that have lost a limb.
Clapp's presentation included photos and videos of him both walking and falling, and getting back up again — a symbol of determination that impressed many members of the audience, including some fellow amputees.
"It's a reminder than you can still find pleasure in life," Kevin Degnan, who lost his leg two years ago, said. "He is so inspiring."