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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Phony About Hope Solo, August 15, 2012
This review is from: Solo: A Memoir of Hope (Hardcover)
I am generally anti-celebrity and adverse to hype. But I eagerly went to Amazon to order this memoir. Hope Solo is awesomely talented and incredibly beautiful but she also has flaws and scars, which she readily stands up to and then confronts the fall-out. Yes, she is out-spoken and controversial, as she displayed in London during the Olympics. But she backed it all up with her goal-tending and her honestly. In a world of phonies, Hope Solo is no phony. I just ordered another copy of her book to give to a friend that criticized her during the Olympic coverage. I'm 72-years-old and Hope Solo is my hero, or heroine. Americans should be proud of her, not critical of her.
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Initial post: Aug 17, 2012, 3:48:04 PM PDT
N. A says:
I agree with you...Hope is a true hero, because she delivers her promise. During the elimination night of DWTS she promised to win a gold in the Olympics, and she did. To me she doesn't belong to the dance floor and DWTS is a huge mistake. Many people hated her because of DWTS, why can't we just see her true self, the great athlete and not the forced dancer. I don't understand why the media made such a huge fuss of her refusal to be interviewed after the elimination; what's wrong if she wanted to cry and be left alone, don't we all feel the same after a defeat. I respect Hope for her honesty and agree 100 percent that she's not a phony. I'm not an American but I am truly shocked at some Americans who don't appreciate her.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2013, 9:06:00 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 5, 2013, 9:11:44 AM PST
GinalolaQQ says:
I, too, love her. I worked as an usher when St. Louis had a women's pro soccer team a couple of years ago. I saw Hope, Abby, Shannon, etc all the time. Plus, I was right up there "up close & personal" after the games since my granddaughter has been playing soccer since she was 4 yrs old. She adored Hope...so did all her soccer friends! Hope was always friendly and signed autographs & posed for pics. I remember the first night that Hope had her hair dyed back to black (instead of blonde). I was behind the goal posts during warmups. (I was there as a spectator that night) and I text-ed my friends and son and told them that I had them a good seat saved and that I was watching Hope...with black hair. No one believed that I was watching the correct woman....LOL....until they arrived. I also had difficulties growing up...and have the same life attitude as she. Great lady!

Posted on Sep 22, 2014, 8:53:47 PM PDT
Nick S. says:
She's no phony, she just likes beating up teenagers. Is she still your hero?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2014, 7:30:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 23, 2014, 7:31:35 AM PDT
GinalolaQQ says:
You better believe it. If she hadn't already been, she would be for sure now! Teenagers are mouthy smartasses and if she "beat up a teenage" then they DESERVED IT, I assure you.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2014, 8:07:48 AM PDT
sammy says:
That is sick. She is no role model or hero in the traditional sense.
To be fair:

FACT: She is the greatest GK US women's soccer has ever had, bar none.

FACT: No different from Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, etc. The NFL has their domestic abusers and now so does US Soccer. Did Janay Rice "deserve" getting beaten up? NO! Neither does HER OWN SISTER AND 17yr old NEWPHEW (a child in the eyes of the law). This is totally unacceptable. She should be suspended indefinitely; playing US soccer isn't a right but a privilege and she violated that privilege by getting arrested.

FACT: You clearly haven't read her book all the way thru. Tons and tons of alcohol, a few fist fights including hitting another person in the face. This is a thug, and just look at the kind of scum that she married. Like attracts like.

One of the greatest GK's on the field, and that is it. A role model or hero she aint. Try Mia Hamm, who never got arrested or failed a PED drug test.

FACT: NO ONE "deserves" getting beaten up, especially by someone not their parent. She came over to their house, why? And she was drunk. What was she doing there?

Loyalty misplaced, very badly misplaced.

Her teammates' characters aren't anywhere near this thuggish. She's a complete and total thug who should be benched until the outcome of her trial.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2014, 12:09:32 PM PDT
Rich Haney says:
I have read every word of this Hope Solo memoir -- twice. As a sports and newshound, I have also followed her career closely. She is the first to admit imperfections, including alcohol, but she also has many positive traits that get far less publicity than a few negative incidents. Her honesty in this book and in her life impressed me and, I believe, will impress anyone with an objective mind. Hope Solo has not had a lot handed to her in her life. She has worked diligently to attain her success and she has gracefully handled a few roadblocks, some of which she, admittedly, created and personally placed directly in front of her other more admirable objectives.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2014, 3:07:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 3, 2014, 3:17:05 PM PDT
sammy says:
I read the book as well, twice. She is NOT always the first to "admit" imperfections etc. I would say, that on the whole, she gets mostly positive publicity, other than when she's clearly been in the wrong (which unfortunately quite frequently in the public sphere). In other words, when she's wrong, she's very very wrong.

Here's the thing. Yes, she had a rough childhood, just ask her. Yes, she's had problems to overcome in her life, just ask her. Yes, she works and trains hard, so what? Everyone on the National team has worked just as hard and trained as hard to make it onto the National Team.

I understand that quite a few of her PRs, her handlers, etc. tend to read and comment here regarding her. She is the biggest name in Women's Soccer. In some ways that is an accomplishment while simultaneously it isn't saying very much at all; soccer simply isn't all that in the US and Women's Soccer doesn't even qualify to register as an afterthought for anything. The fact that her name is the first that non-fans can recall whenever the topic of US soccer does come up is testament to marketing, packaging, handling. And yes, of course, talent. But, after all, the real reason she's the biggest name in US Soccer since Mia Hamm? It isn't talent alone. It's marketing and packaging.

Bottom line: Hope is on trial next month for a heinous crime, domestic violence. Let's not all pretend otherwise that its some walk in the park.

If she's found guilty, then what? Is US Soccer going to finally grow a pair and suspend her for the WORLD CUP? That is what separates the true leaders from the pansies.

If Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson can be suspended then so can Hope Solo; she's getting special treatment, its a double standard, and that's just plain wrong. Playing for USWNT is a privilege, not a right and they should do the right thing and suspend her. If she could be suspended during the WC for a few on-field comments, then why can't US Soccer do the right thing and suspend her now for something far more problematic? Oh, that's right, because she's the all time shutouts leader and not some subby bench player. If she were a sub, she'd have been off the team months ago.

Remember, we've only heard her side of the 07 WC. There are other voices that remain to be heard on the issue at large.

If she's convicted of domestic violence, US Soccer will have to finally take a stand and actually suspend her for the World Cup. And there's also the real possibility she could be serving time behind bars during the World Cup as well.

Irony: All that she worked for will then be over in a flash; if so, it will mainly be due to her and her actions alone.

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sammy says:
Well, well, well. Now one of Solo's teammates and good friends, Jill Loyden has come out and asked US Soccer to do the right thing and suspend her.
Remember: Loyden attended Hope's wedding and she has played pro soccer and was on the USWNT so she has the cred to speak out. Since she's witnessed domestic violence, a most heinous crime, up close and personal and has started a foundation to combat it, it must be conceded that Jill knows of which she speaks.

Good for Jill Loyden!

Bench her now. Not like the National team needs Solo during the WC qualifiers anyway. Bench her now.
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