AP reported from Wembley, England that Hope Solo helped win Olympic Gold yesterday:
In the closing minutes of the Olympic final, goalie Hope Solo flung her body toward the ball and managed to push it away. The lead stayed intact. The Americans would win the gold medal and redemption from a year-old World Cup heartache.
The U.S. women’s soccer team puts up with a lot from Solo. The candid comments. The Twitter tangents. The pause she put on her training to appear on “Dancing With the Stars.”
But when the game is on the line, she’s still hands-down — not to mention hands-up and hands-to-the-side — the best goalkeeper in the world.
“You can’t go without saying that Hope saved the day,” U.S. forward Abby Wambach. “Literally. Five times.”
Filmmakers Renee Sotile & Mary Jo Godge interviewed Hope Solo at a GLSEN event where she talked about being “picked on” because she was a tomboy, how it’s “really important to be comfortable in your own skin” and this soccer-scoring woman.