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Hope Solo's grandmother taught her to find happiness in herself, and to ignore detractors. 

Hope's Biography

Role Model: Her grandma

Ideal Interview Subjects: Maria Shriver or Maya Angelou

Three Words to Describe Herself: Passionate, competitive, and loyal

A Little Bit Country: "I caught snakes and horny toads, and I had a pet rat named "Stinker."

Hope Solo is an American soccer goalkeeper. Born in Richland, Wash., in 1981, Solo showed an affinity for sports at an early age, playing on her first soccer team — coached by her father — at the age of 5. In high school, she realized that her soccer ability was her ticket to a college education, "I knew my family couldn't afford to send me to college…soccer was my way out." Her theory proved correct — she began playing for the University of Washington Huskies, and was a four-time All-Pac 10 selection, and a three-time NSCAA All-American.
 
In 2000, after playing on multiple U.S. junior national soccer teams, Solo was chosen to play on the U.S. women's national team. Following college, Solo was drafted for the WUSA team Philadelphia Charge in 2003, before playing for the Kopparbergs/Göteborg in the Swedish Premier Division and the Olympique Lyonnais in the French First Division. In 2004, she was selected as an alternate for the U.S. Olympic team, but was promoted to starting goalkeeper in 2005. She was the starting goalkeeper for the United States in the 2007, 2011, and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup — a game in which she helped earn the U.S. team's third World Cup championship since 1991. She also helped the U.S. win gold medals during the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
 
She remains one of the most decorated female goalkeepers of all time.