|Hope Solo Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||July 30, 1981|
Hope Solo is an American former soccer goalkeeper who is best known for being a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a World Cup champion. She served as a goalkeeper for the United States women’s national soccer team for almost 16 years from 2000 to 2016. Hope has played soccer for teams like Olympique Lyon, Philadelphia Charge, Saint Louis Athletica, Seattle Sounders Women, magicJack, Seattle Reign, and many more. She has received honors like the SheBelieves Cup‘s “Golden Glove”, U.S. Soccer‘s “Female Athlete of the Year”, FIFA Women’s World Cup‘s “Golden Glove”, IFFHS World‘s “Best Woman Goalkeeper”, and has been awarded the Do Something Award and Hall of Game She’s Got Game Award.
Hope Amelia Solo
Richland, Washington, United States
Hope Solo went to Richland High School and graduated in 1999. She then got enrolled at the University of Washington to graduate in 2002 with a major in speech communications.
Professional soccer player
- Father – Jeffrey Solo (Vietnam War Veteran)
- Mother – Judy Lynn
- Siblings – Marcus Solo (Brother), Teresa Obert (Half-Sister)
- Others – Pressley Franklin Shaw (Maternal Grandfather), Alice Mae Miernicki (Maternal Grandmother)
Hope Solo is represented by Pro Sports Communications.
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
68 kg or 150 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Hope Solo has dated –
- Jerramy Stevens (2012-Present) – Hope Solo officially started dating former NFL star, Jerramy Stevens in August 2012. They had known each other since their college days. Their love story till date stands out as one of the most bizarre ones in sports. In November 2012, cops were called to their houses for an alleged domestic violence incident. The call was made by her brother. They had got into an argument over where to live after getting married. Jerramy was arrested but was released on the following day. And, after his release, they got married in a small and intimate wedding ceremony. In December 2019, the couple revealed that they were expecting twins. Hope gave birth to twins, Vittorio Genghis and Lozen Orianna Judith Stevens, on March 4, 2020.
Race / Ethnicity
On her father’s side, she has Italian ancestry. While, on her mother’s side, she is of Hispanic, Polish, English, and French descent.
- Athletic figure
37-27-38 in or 94-68.5-96.5 cm
10 (US) or 42 (EU)
10 (US) or 40.5 (EU)
Like other popular athletes, Hope Solo has a lucrative endorsement deal with sportswear giant, Nike.
Plus, she has done endorsement work (and appeared in commercials) for the following brands –
- EA Sports
- Simple Skincare
- Bank of America
- Western Union
- LX Ventures, Inc.
- Organically Raw
- ESPN’s SportsCenter
Best Known For
- Being one of the finest soccer goalkeepers of her generation.
- Having won two Olympic gold medals with US national team in 2008 and 2012 along with one World Cup in 2015.
First Soccer Match
In April 2000, she made her professional debut for the national team in a match against Iceland in North Carolina. The US team managed to win the match by 8-0.
Hope Solo has appeared in a short fantasy film Goal! in a special thanks role in 2012.
First TV Show
Apart from the broadcast of her soccer matches, she made her first TV show appearance on the talk show, Late Show with David Letterman in 2011.
Hope Solo has been training under Ben Dragavon, who doubles as her goalkeeping coach as well as her conditioning coach to remain on top of her game despite her advancing age.
In her training sessions, he incorporates the Muscle Activation Technique, which optimizes muscle contraction to enhance the range of motion and provide better stability. Also, he changes her workout routine in accordance with the daily evaluation of her range of movements.
While lifting weights, the focus is on strengthening her calves and quadriceps muscles. She doesn’t lift too much weight but makes sure the intensity of the exercises is high. The reverse box jumps is one of the commonly done exercises in her workout sessions. Hope also relies on circuit training, which includes resistance band exercises and other drills.
When she is away from US team and her club team, she relies on the old school rope jump workout to keep her body in top condition.
Hope Solo Favorite Things
- Guilty Pleasure Food – Thai Food
- Healthy Snack – Bell Peppers with cheese and crackers
Source – PopSugar
Hope Solo Facts
- Although, she has become an elite goalkeeper, but in her high school days, she was a star forward. In high school, she managed to score around 109 goals and was selected as a Parade All-American on two occasions.
- When she was 7 years old, she was kidnapped by her father along with his brother. He had picked without informing her mother and took them for a trip to Seattle.
- In 2007, she fell out with her US teammate Abby Wambach as Hope felt Wambach had asked the coach to drop her from the World Cup semi-final match. Wambach, in turn, was irked by Hope’s vocal post-match criticism of coach Greg Ryan.
- After her outburst against Greg Ryan, she was completely blanked by her teammates. She had to eat her meals alone and once players walked out of the elevator after she stepped in.
- She skipped her college graduation event because she was playing for her new soccer club, Philadelphia Charge, which had picked her in the first round of the 2003 WUSA Draft.
- In her junior year in college, she feared that her career was over after her forearm was caught on a hook inside the goal post, which ripped her arm open. Fortunately, there was no nerve damage.
- She reportedly punched the girl with whom her first boyfriend had hooked up, while he was dating her.
- While growing up, her mother had told her that she might have to give up on playing soccer as it was too expensive for them. Eventually, community members stepped in to fund her travel expenses.
- After her team lost to Sweden in the quarter-final of the 2016 Olympics, she called her opponents cowards for defensive tactics. The US soccer association terminated her contract and suspended her for six months for indiscipline.
- At the end of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she was given the golden glove award for being the best goalkeeper in the tournament. She was also awarded a bronze ball for her overall performance.
- In 2010, she was at the center of two Twitter-related controversies. First, she alleged that Boston Breakers fans have indulged in racist chanting. She then lambasted match officials and questioned the integrity of the league, which led to a one-game suspension.
- In June 2014, she was arrested for having assaulted her half-sister and her nephew. She claimed that she was merely defending herself. The case was later dismissed due to a lack of cooperation from the victims.
- She has worked as a representative for the Women’s Sports Foundation, which works to support women and girls through sports and other physical activities.
- She is an active supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which is partially a federal government-funded organization that works to provide young people with after-school programs.
- In 2011, Hope participated in the reality show, Dancing with the Stars along with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She was eliminated in the semifinal round.
- In August 2012, she released her autobiographical book, Solo: A Memoir of Hope, which debuted at #3 position in the hardcover nonfiction category of The New York Times Best Seller list.
- Hope has been featured on the cover of magazines like Fitness, TV Guide, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Vogue, and Seattle Metropolitan Magazine.
- In March 2022, Hope was arrested in North Carolina for driving while intoxicated (DWI), misdemeanor child abuse, and resisting arrest. In April 2022, she entered an alcohol treatment facility.