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I live in a sports-filled world. In my school, half the announcements are about sports. There is an entire night devoted to giving out awards to athletes. There is always a crowd of kids by the Phys Ed bulletin board when the "Physical Fitness Wall of Fame" goes up. In elementary school, we spent over a month preparing for Field Day. These days, more scholarships are given out for athletics than academics. I've learned to accept this as part of everyday life. I'm not a huge fan of sports, as I have hypotonia and it always seemed unfair that I have to play against "normal" kids. That being said, I can't stand the Olympics. It's like they're saying to me "Ha ha, I can do this, but you can't!" I know society thinks that since there's also the Paralympics, it's all equal, but what about people who aren't in wheelchairs and have invisible disabilities? I figured I would be able to ignore it. Boy was I wrong! All that's showing up in my newsfeed is stuff about the Olympics. People are saying how watching the Olympics is the most American thing you could do, and anyone who doesn't care isn't very American. Needle scratch. Wait, what? I'm sorry, but able-bodied or disabled, you have no right to call someone "not very American" for not liking the Olympics. I happen to be very proud of my country, I know that in the U.S. I have opportunities, freedoms, and rights that I may not have in other countries. Sports have nothing to do with how "American" you are. Someone who is bad at math may not pay attention to the school's mathletes club, but that doesn't mean they don't have school spirit. It's not fair to generally say everyone who doesn't like the Olympics is unamerican without knowing why they don't like it. It's also unfair to judge someone solely based on whether they like one certain type of sporting event or not. So please, don't call me unamerican because I don't watch the olympics without at least asking why first. Because you should never judge a book by it's first sentence.
I'm a 15 year old who loves singing, reading, writing, and campaigning for hypotonia awareness.