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Hope Solo: An Inspiration

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Hope Solo was born July 30, 1981 in Richland, Washington. She is the second all time in US history for caps, wins and shutouts for a goalkeeper. She is 5' 9" and is hailed to be one of the top goalkeepers in the world. She played striker at Richland High School and later went on to play goalkeeper for the University of Washington Huskies where she became a four-time All-Pac-10 selection, Washington's all-time leader in shutouts, saves and GAA and was also an NSCAA All-American as a sophomore, junior and senior. She has since played for the Philadelphia Charge, Atlanta Beat, Majicjack, the Swedish First Division, the French First Division and Seattle Sounders FC. She has been the starting goalkeeper for the US Women's National Team since 2004. She appeared in the 2007 and 2011 Women's World Cups and the 2008 Summer Olympics. In 2010 she went through shoulder surgery that could have been career ending.. In the 2011 World Cup she won the "Golden Glove" award for best goalkeeper, and the "Bronze Ball" award for her overall performance. She will be appearing again in the summer 2012 Olympics. Hope Solo drew national attention to women's athletics as well as creating a new role model for women athletes. VIDEO The FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 set many new viewing records for sporting events. FIFA TV Director Niclas Ericson had said "these are solid figures on their own, but when you put them into context with other major sports events they emphatically underline that the FIFA Women's World Cup was an exceptionally popular spectacle for TV viewers." The US had an average audience of over 14.1 million watch the final versus Japan in 2011 and the audience even peaked to 21.1 million during the penalty shoot out. This sets the record as ESPNs highest audience for a football match. Also, this is the second highest audience for a daytime telecast on US Cable, behind the 2011 Rose Bowl. In 2011 the FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany had 16 teams, but in 2015 it will be held in Canada and will have expanded to 24 teams. FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said "women's football is continuing to mature..." Seattle Magazines "Most Influential People" article called Hope Solo an "inspirational leader possessing grace and toughness in equal measures." After the 2011 World Cup her twitter went from 8,000 to over a quarter-million people. She used to dream big, but dreams can get in the way. "As soon as you let all of that go," Solo says, "it's all in front of you. VIDEO Debbie Waitkus, president of Women in the Golf Industry told LA Times that, "what you saw was everybody, men and women, reacted to the U.S.-Brazil [World Cup quarterfinal] game. There was the perception of dirty plays and missed calls and you could even see it in Germany. By the end the whole crowd was pulling for the U.S. Controversy like that pulls at your heartstrings. Now I hear everybody, men and women, talking about watching the final game." John Meindl, president of New York-based SportsBrandedMedia, claims that the sudden popularity the US Women's National Soccer Team is the "perfect storm" that women's sports needs. "I think people at some level are fed up with talks about strikes and lockouts," Meindl said. "And here come these women who are sort of the girl next door. They're not multimillionaires. They've conducted themselves well, even with some controversy. They haven't gone out of their way to talk about the bad calls or dirty play." VIDEO When the US Women's National Team made it to the finals in the 2011 FIFA World Cup, they created a new legion of soccer fans. It is said to be most likely thanks to the outspoken goalkeeper, Hope Solo. She is one of the few members of the team who is exciting whether she is off or on the field. In the September 2009 issue of The Atlantic, Solo was a subject of a profile written by Jason Zengerle. He claimed that Hope Solo had much appeal and that appeal could help the sport overall. Many professional athletes are exciting during...