U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo has autobiography due out Aug. 14 | Olympics
Hope Solo's autobiography is due out Aug. 14. The goalkeeper for the U.S. women's soccer team is expected to be in action in an Olympics match Wednesday against France in Scotland.
The Associated Press
U.S. women vs. France
in Glasgow, Scotland; 9 a.m., NBC Sports Network.
GLASGOW, Scotland — Wearing black Wellington boots and a confident smile, U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo walked off the soggy soccer pitch at historic Hampden Park on Monday and offered a preview of her second Olympics — and her first autobiography.
"People think I'm an open book," said Solo, a former Washington Huskies standout from Richland. "People know nothing about me. They will know more about me on Aug. 14."
The 30-year-old Solo has always been so engaging, so candid and so opinionated one wonders what more she has to say in "A Memoir of Hope." She also knows a good marketing opportunity when she sees one, so the book is scheduled for release two days after the end of the London Olympics, when sales could be especially robust if she comes home with another gold medal.
She has already become quite the Solo act during the buildup to the Americans' first match Wednesday against France at Scotland's national stadium; the opening ceremony for the Olympics is Friday in London.
Earlier this month, Solo received a public warning from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after a urine test revealed the banned substance Canrenone. She called the episode an "honest mistake" and said it resulted from a premenstrual medication prescribed by her doctor.
Then she was among several athletes quoted in an ESPN The Magazine story about commonplace sex in the athletes village during the Beijing Olympics.
Solo, on the topic of distractions at the Olympics, said Monday, "That's not why I'm here. It's not to party. It's not to have fun.
"It's to win a gold medal, and nothing can stop us from attempting to do so."
Solo said she is ready to set the record straight about details of her life and career she contends have been distorted.
She has stories to tell about her homeless father and alcoholic mother, and her teaser line for the book is not comfortable reading: "My family doesn't do happy endings. We do sad endings or frustrating endings or no endings at all. We are hard-wired to expect the next interruption or disappearance or broken promise."