By Miguel Batres
Didn't get enough of the Olympics this winter? The Paralympics has you covered, see these Olympians who've overcome so much strive for gold.
People with disabilities that compete in the Paralympics deserve the recognition yet we maintain our eyes on the Olympics . We don’t seem to be fascinated but as a whole the competition shows how a community of people with disabilities still have determination in competing and not being set back because of their disabilities. For those that watch this competition, they know the thrill that goes on and how inspiring it is. These Olympians show that playing with their heart and not their appearance can make sure others don’t feel ashamed for their disabilities. . While there are more eyes on the regular Olympic Competition, major companies seem to not care about these Olympians either and choose not to sponsor these players.
Since we don’t see the background of what happens, these olympians can show us that there is no excuse on why we should not give up rather than be inspired. The Olympics have always been the main attraction since the creation of this competition in 1924. After 24 years, in 1948 the first Paralympics were conducted and the first disabled athletes. “ I never seemed to keep up with the competition because there isn’t much broadcasting of it, but I’ll try to become more aware and hopefully see the next competition,” stated Alex Rodriguez, Samueli freshman. There seems to show an average on how the majority of people don’t get updated on this competition because of very little broadcasting. The athletes know how difficult it is and how they seem to deserve some sort of recognition and have equal rights like others.
In the 2012 Paralympic Competition, many athletes protested major companies because of not being treated fairly and how the companies did not want to sponsor these competitions. In the competition, Olympian Evan O’Hanlon started a silent protest because of companies not sponsoring. O’Hanlon and other athletes protested by taping logos of major companies that were being covered by the media to show how their voices matter as well. Edgar Valenzuela, uncle of student at Samueli, stated, “ It’s a shame to see how companies seem to judge them just because they are disabled.” This proves the idea that there aren’t equal rights between the Olympians and the Paralympic Olympians. There has been change on the view of disabled people and how they should be treated equally as non-disabled athletes.
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