Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

MAKERS Moment

A Sense of Strength

A Sense of Strength

More From Hope

In this video

Tagged as

Hope Solo discusses how both she and her family navigate the challenges life offers them.

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, currently playing as a goalkeeper for the Seattle Sounders Women. Born in Richland, Washington, 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. 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 and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, winning the gold medal for the United States.

Related Videos

Dong Mingzhu
Dong Mingzhu
Chairman and President, Gree Electric

As a young girl, Dong Mingzhu dreamed of joining the army to protect and defend her country. Widowed at 30, Dong went to South China to find work, leaving her son behind with her m...

Maria Klawe
Maria Klawe
President, Harvey Mudd College

Maria Klawe the fifth president of Harvey Mudd College. A renowned mathematician, computer scientist and scholar, Klawe is the first woman to lead the College since its 1955 found...

Mia Hamm
Mia Hamm
Champion Soccer Player

Mia Hamm is the soccer champion widely regarded as the world's best all-around women's soccer player. At 15 she became the youngest woman to ever make the U.S. Women's ...

Susan Sygall
Susan Sygall
CEO of Mobility International USA

Susan Sygall’s work has transformed international exchange and global development for people with disabilities. Sygall became a wheelchair rider after a car accident at age 1...