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Originally published Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

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2012 newsmakers: Hope Solo

Hope Solo was busy in 2012. She played for the Sounders Women and won a second gold medal with the U.S. team, establishing herself, still, as the best goalkeeper in the world. Oh, and she married Jerramy Stevens.

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"Solo: A Memoir of Hope."

That was the title of Hope Solo's autobiography, which debuted at No. 3 on The New York Times best-seller list in August. But bare-all book or not, the star goalkeeper's life is often a major talking point.

This year proved no different for the Richland native.

Whether it was winning a second straight gold medal with the U.S. Olympic team or blasting NBC Sports broadcaster Brandi Chastain on Twitter during the tournament, Solo often is the center of attention.

Her November marriage to Jerramy Stevens, also a former Washington athlete and ex-NFL tight end, provided water-cooler material around the country, particularly after Stevens was arrested the day before the wedding. No charges were filed.

Solo's 2011 included an appearance on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" and posing nude in ESPN: The Magazine. In 2012, her year featured a pre-Olympic cover shoot for Vogue magazine and being warned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for testing positive for a banned diuretic.

On the field, Solo remains the best goalkeeper in the world, though it remains to be seen where she will play next season.

The 31-year-old headlined a star-studded Sounders Women's team last summer after the collapse of America's top-tier league, but Solo is noncommittal about involvement in a new pro league, the National Women's Soccer League, set to kick off in the spring with a team in Seattle: Reign FC.

Sounders Women will play in the lower-tier USL W-League.

Joshua Mayers

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