Olympic Soccer Star, Hope Solo, Fails Drug Test
A U.S. national team goalkeeper is in media headlines this morning for all the wrong reasons.
Hope Solo received a public warning Monday from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after she tested positive for the banned substance Canrenone in a urine test. Despite the warning, Hope will still play for the U.S. in the upcoming Olympic tournament.
“I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic,” Solo said in a statement. “Once informed of this fact, I immediately cooperated with USADA and shared with them everything they needed to properly conclude that I made an honest mistake, and that the medication did not enhance my performance in any way.”
“As someone who believes in clean sport, I am glad to have worked with USADA to resolve this matter and I look forward to representing my country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London,” she said.
The 30-year-old was also a recent semifinalist on “Dancing With The Stars.” Solo has been the regular U.S. keeper for nearly six years and helped the team reach the gold in 2007.
“It was the wrong decision, and I think anybody that knows anything about the game knows that,” Solo said. “There’s no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves. … You have to live in the present. And you can’t live by big names. You can’t live in the past.”
Hope is considered one of the world’s fastest goalkeepers.