One thing I’ve learned through all the ups and downs is that if you’re doing things right, then you have a core group of people. Not just a core group like your homies or your buddies, but a group of people that has a good influence on you, who you respect and admire, and you know that if they’re on your side, you’re doing something right.— Hope Solo
The most unforgettable Hope Solo quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
I couldn't have been a great goalkeeper without power, agility and quickness.
I think it's my personality to overcome things, learn from them and become stronger, both personally and professionally. To be honest, I welcome those hardships.
There are no shortcuts. If you feel good, you'll look good, you'll play good. Work hard every day. No matter what your strengths and weaknesses, there's no substitute for hard work.
I've learned that winning isn't everything, and it's more about the journey.
But at the end of the day, I just want to stand on the podium with the gold medal.
There are so many different walks of life, so many different personalities in the world. And no longer do you have to be a chameleon and try and adapt to that environment - you can truly be yourself.
I like to read books and be alone; I'm not social butterfly person.
True heros are made of hard work and integrity.
I think every athlete has their window of opportunity, and you just have to jump on it. You never know when it can end. So I'm just trying to live large while I have the opportunity.
I just want to stay in my hotel room, read my book. I enjoy that private time.
Nobody really knows who I am, where I came from, what's in my heart, why I believe in the things I believe, what I see behind the scenes and they don't see.
I played soccer all my life and I used to think growing up that they put the fat kid in goal or they put the kid that wasn't good with the ball at their feet in goal and I never wanted to do goalkeeper, I was always the goal scorer.
I have a problem with players who don't take the loss personally.
At a professional level you should - it's our job, it's our livelihood, it's who we are at this level. Every loss should be taken that personal.
I am pushed by my critics. I don't want to say I want to prove them wrong, but it pushes me on the field to play with a chip on my shoulder, and I play best when I have a chip on my shoulder.
It's all in fun. I take everything with a grain of salt.
You're not going to be liked by everybody when you speak the truth.
I don't speak the truth to put people down; I don't speak the truth to show disrespect.
I never felt the same passion for the game in the States and there were a lot of headaches, a lot of obstacles to overcome - it didn't just run itself for the love of the game because soccer is not the No. 1 sport as it is in Europe.
As women professional athletes, you have to have respect for every player and individual. Beyond that, it doesn't matter what your interests are. People can have their own lives.
I think people who don't have conflict in their lives are just trying to please people and not really living life to the fullest.
I played in Europe and it was a great experience, not just because of my team-mates and the coaches we had, but from the fans and the city itself - I played in Gothenburg and I played in Lyon and soccer was everywhere.
Athletes are extremists. When they're training, it's laser focus.
London 2012 is all about winning a medal. Not just any medal, the gold medal.
I've been through a lot of things in my personal and family life.
That turned me into a fighter. I always strive to be the best I possibly can.
I don't just want to focus on soccer, soccer, soccer.
I know I can't dance. I am the worst dancer. I have no rhythm. I just do step-and-snap. I love it in the privacy of my own home and every once in a while at a club. But singing and dancing are my two greatest fears.
I need a life outside of soccer. So I very much welcome, you know, new love interests and dating and friends and family.
People didn't put pressure on me. I just played for the love of the game.
My father showed me so much love. He showed my brother so much love. He just, he had a rough life. You know, he grew up in a boys home in the Bronx. He didn't really know his own family. So I couldn't hold it against him that he didn't know how to parent. He didn't know how to be the perfect husband. But he loved as much as he could.
It was hard. I came to grips with a lot of difficulties that I've overcome. Each challenge kind of makes you who you are. It wasn't always a good thing. I have my own struggles in my life because of the things I was forced to overcome.
I put all of my energy into building the game and giving women opportunities and, to put everything into it and then to be deemed selfish or not a good team player or outspoken, it's been hard. But at the same time, I'm going to get the critics and I know that.
My father showed me so much love. He showed my brother so much love.
It's a complicated thing, knowing how much pain my father caused in my life and the lives of others whom I love, yet still holding love for him in my heart. No matter what he did, he was my father. He helped create the person I am.
In front of the world, all of a sudden I'm a great athlete and I'm put into an environment with 25 other women and I'm expected to go to team meals, team functions.
I have no personal beef with Brandi Chastain. There's nothing personal.
Unfortunately, people think I'm negative and bitter all the time, and that's not the case.
I hate the cliche of 'just have fun,' but what I've seen in today's sports, especially with parents, is they put so much pressure on the kids.
Being responsible and taking care of your body is truly how you make your pay cheque, how you excel and succeed in your lifelong goals, so for me it's just an everyday lifestyle.
I always just had a dream to spend more time with my father.
But at the end of the day, my mom was the one who kept me in soccer,who kept me doing my homework, who provided me with meals on a daily basis.
L.A. is a bit strange. It doesn't seem like the real world.
My entire purpose is trying to be the best in the game, and if that exudes beauty too, that's pretty powerful.
When I did 'Dancing With the Stars,' everyone in Hollywood was saying I had too much muscle.
I think people have different definitions of team unity.
My definition is doing whatever it takes to win, what makes a great team; it's performance on the field, respect on the field.
All my life, since the time I was little, has been a long distraction.
At least that is the way some people want to perceive it, but for me, it's given me a lot of strength.
With each year that's gone by, and as I grow up and get older, I've become more mature, of course, but you have a sense of who you are, and you find confidence in that.
When the Olympics and World Cups come around, that's when you see the real outpouring of support that there really is for female football.
You know journalists. You know the media. They are going to hang on to anything negative they possibly can.
I am proud of who I am, and nobody's going to steal that.
I still don't buy the idea that I'm a 'sex symbol.'
When I was younger, I was a complete tomboy.
Then in college I started emerging out of the tomboy stage and dressing differently.
I had made a vow to never stay in my home state to play, I wanted to go as far East Coast as possible, more or less to get away from my family life. I ended up staying in my home state and fell in love with it. I ended up having a beautiful relationship with my family over time and it was the best decision I've ever made.