She's played on the women's national soccer team. She's competed for the Mirror Ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars. Now, the only thing missing in Hope Solo's life is love.
And soon, she hopes, that will change, too.
According to NBCSports.com's Rick Chandler and NBC Olympics correspondent Matthew Kitchen, the Seattle Sounders goalie revealed in a Web chat on YourTango.com that she is single and ready to mingle. Solo wrote:
I can’t be all soccer—go, go, go, go—I need a social life. I need a life outside of soccer. I very much welcome, you know, new love interests and dating and friends and family. You know, it’s all part of life.
With the Olympics coming up, however, it's unclear when Solo will have time for dating, which seems to pale in comparison to a quest for a gold medal on her list of priorities.
Plus, according to Kitchen, playing on the US team and on the Sounders aren't the only activities that occupy Solo on a daily basis. She also serves as a spokesperson for Unilever beauty products, has posed on the cover of ESPN The Magazine and, as you may have noticed, films TV spots for Gatorade.
Still, Solo has endured her fair share of proposals—of many kinds. When she appeared on the cover of ESPN's annual Body Issue, the 30-year-old said:
I've had marriage proposals, invitations to military balls and even a few prom offers from 18-year-old boys. In New York City after the World Cup, this kid literally got on his knees in the middle of the street and asked me to prom. ... I told him he could ask me again in 10 years.
Apparently, those proposals and invitations haven't quite been enough. Such is the dilemma of a world-famous professional athlete.
Life is about more than corporate sponsorships, gold medals and sparkly dancing trophies, as Solo has doubtlessly found. Perhaps once the Olympics are over, she can start focusing on more pedestrian endeavors.
And maybe once Emily Maynard's quest for love has ended ... The Bachlelorette producers, are you listening?
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