As one of the more high-profile American athletes in action at the London Games, Hope Solo is already well known. USA TODAY Sports reveals 10 things you didn't know about the goalkeeper for the U.S. women's soccer team.
Modeling: She appeared nude while watering a lawn in ESPN The Magazine's 2011 Body Issue, which depicts athletes in tastefully nude poses. Tweeted Solo: "Being naked outside is very liberating."
Dancing: Solo was a contestant on the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars in 2011 with dancing partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The pair was eliminated in the semifinals before actor J.R. Martinez and partner won the competition.
Depression: After being benched during the 2007 World Cup and cut from the team for her subsequent comments, Solo considered quitting, asking herself, "Why am I playing soccer? My passion was stripped. I was alone in my house. I wasn't taking phone calls. I wasn't eating right."
Father: Solo's parents divorced when she was 6 and her father spent time in jail for kidnapping Hope and her brother when they were children. But the two reconnected, and when Solo played for the University of Washington, her father, homeless, attended each game.
Shoulder: Nine months prior to the 2011 World Cup in which the USA took second place, Solo had successful surgery on a nearly career-ending tear of a muscle in her right shoulder.
Dating: Solo once dated Seattle party promoter Adrian Galaviz, but said in May she was single and looking: "I can't be all soccer - go, go, go, go - I need a social life, I need a life outside of soccer. So I very much welcome, you know, new love interests and dating and friends and family."
Position: She was an All-American striker at Richland High School in Washington with 109 goals to her credit, but Solo was converted to goalie by University of Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore. At first, she rejected the switch: "Who do parents put in goal? The fat kid."
Crush: In 2011, as the U.S. team was training in Kansas City, C.J. Sapong of MLS' Sporting Kansas City revealed his crush for Solo with a spoken poem caught on camera. Said Sapong: "If angels really do exist then girl you are the proof. Hope Solo, Hope Solo, can you make my dream come true? There are no beaches in KC, but a hug from you will do."
Tweets her mind: While playing for the Atlanta Beat in 2010, Solo lashed out at Boston Breakers fans following a loss. Said Solo, "I will not stand for an organization who can so blatantly disrespect the athletes that come to play. Perhaps the WPS or Boston themselves can finally take a stance to the profanity, racism and crude remarks that are made by their so called 'fan club.' "
Rise: Solo's popularity surged with her penalty save during the U.S. team's World Cup quarterfinal victory vs. Brazil. The jump in interest even crashed her personal website.
Robert Klemko, USA TODAY