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ESPN the Body Issue: The Hottest Shots of Hope Solo, Star of This Year's Issue

Zack PumerantzAnalyst IIIJanuary 8, 2017

ESPN the Body Issue: The Hottest Shots of Hope Solo, Star of This Year's Issue

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    The star goalkeeper for the United States women's national soccer team continues to be the talk of the town, garnering more attention with every appearance on television, more reverence with every adventurous endeavor.

    While it's clear she is far from an unknown entity after her dominant performance in the World Cup, her iconic dancing on Dancing with the Stars and her proper photo shoots, only one decision is going to propel her to immortality.

    Hope Solo is set to pose nude for ESPN's Body Issue, ready to show fans what she's truly about.

    The poses may have the athletes creatively covering their provocative areas, but it's still the zealous choice to liberate herself that has fans thrilled.

    Every passing week has this beauty trying new things, with her name seemingly implanted on more than just the roster sheet of her Women's Professional Soccer team magicJack.

    She is no longer just an athlete.

    Here are the hottest pictures of Hope Solo, star of this year's ESPN the Body Issue.

    Enjoy.

20. The Eye of the Tiger

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    As the goalkeeper for the United States national team, Hope Solo is undoubtedly expected to have a vigorous training regimen.

    But nobody expected this.

    While she may not be aiming for the sexy vibe in this shot, she easily achieves it by displaying her intense drive to become the best.

19. Picturing an Ex-Boyfriend

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    The fiery aggression, the intense stare, it doesn't get more inspiring.

    Many fans are curious as to where the motivation comes from, where the superfluous energy stems from.

    It's safe to say that Hope Solo pictures a man who broke her heart, ripped apart her hopes and dreams.

    That punch is too vicious to depict anything else.

18. Grandma's Girl

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    While she isn't quite a 35-year-old game tester living with Grandma and her two roommates, Hope Solo shows fans that she is also good on the sticks.

    There's few things sexier than a woman who can dominate through impressive video-game play.

17. Another Day at the Office

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    For Hope Solo, soccer is life. It is her oxygen and the wind beneath her wings.

    Solo scored 109 goals as a forward at Richland High School, leading her team to three consecutive league titles from 1996 to 1998 and a state championship in her senior year.

    She clearly wanted to prove she could shut down goal scorers as well, switching to goalkeeper when she arrived at the University of Washington. 

    Solo became the team's all-time leader in shutouts, saves and goals-against average (GAA).

    We expect nothing less.

16. Solo Island

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    This gentle look exemplifies fearless pride, undisturbed confidence.

    Hope Solo is essentially staring her opponent in the eyes following a flashy save.

    She's wondering why they even attempt a shot.

15. A Fan Favorite

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    While fans love this soccer star, they are clearly unafraid to heckle the prolific goalkeeper.

    Hope Solo may have the best name in soccer, or in sports, but she isn't a solo star.

    Fans want her to know that soccer is a team sport.

14. On an Even Keel

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    Athletes know the omnipresent risk of injuries, the threat of getting hurt at any moment. All they can do is prepare.

    Hope Solo knows that stretching can only do so much, that the psyche can be trampled just as much as the body.

    But no matter what happens, there is an unfortunate truth behind sports injuries that can't be avoided.

13. Another Brick in the Wall

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    The 5'9" presence in goal is so domineering that opponents avoid the net at all costs.

    It's become clear that Hope Solo is more than just talent, more than just an athletic beast.

    She is quickly becoming a legend.

12. A Little Rusty

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    There's nothing better than seeing Hope Solo roll her eyes at the lack of cohesion when ESPN anchorman Jay Harris attempts to join the circle.

    Even the Miami Dolphin can keep up with Solo and teammate Alex Morgan.

    A truly beautiful team.

11. This Star Can Dance

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    Participating on ABC's popular show Dancing with the Stars allowed Hope Solo to reveal another side, present the delicate presence she has off the field.

    The innocent smile, the gentle posture, it all sums up to a precious catch.

    She might be perfect.

10. An Uncomfortable Turf

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    Many wonder how these beautiful soccer stars stay fit when they aren't playing soccer.

    Some believe it's the weight room, others envision a vigorous training regimen on the track, but only one thing keeps them in ideal shape.

    Their baffling, albeit sexy dancing is clearly the answer.

9. Flying High

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    She may be a soccer star, but Hope Solo shows fans that she can throw the rock down with the NBA's best dunkers.

    Some may doubt her diverse abilities, others may question the authenticity to her dunking prowess, but nobody can say she doesn't fit the part.

    A ripped physique and a determined psyche. The key ingredients for athletic success.

8. The Patriot Act

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    Despite losing 3-1 in a penalty shootout to Japan in the 2011 World Cup final, Hope Solo won the "Golden Glove" award for best goalkeeper, as well as the "Bronze Ball" award for her dominant performance.

    The United States national team is thankful every day to have her.

    She is a leader and a champion in the hearts of all Americans.

7. Nikes on Her Feet

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    With a breathtaking dress and a winning smile, this soccer star can't possibly lose.

    While her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy may be the dancing professional, Hope Solo is who fans paid to see.

    Like Boobie Miles from Friday Night Lights, all she has to do is show up.

6. Mental Stability

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    As fans have seen in every sport, talent takes somewhat of a back seat to psyche.

    The most skilled player can watch his career snowball towards mediocrity if he isn't prepared for each battle, isn't determined to succeed.

    Hope Solo clearly takes several moments to stare at the floor.

    It prepares her for anything.

5. A Beautiful Fail

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    It's safe to say that the only way to make a video of Hope Solo better is to add her beautiful teammate Alex Morgan into the mix.

    While they may have failed mightily here, these soccer stars look great doing it.

    We approve.

4. Getting a Grip

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    While she has no problem garnering attention, especially with her participation in Dancing with the Stars and her expected appearance in ESPN's Body Issue, Hope Solo is never satisfied.

    She must be the best, must control the minds of fans. Or at least that's what she seems to insinuate with this eye-popping shot.

    This soccer star already has a grip on her own future, but she yearns to impact her fans as well.

3. Taking Her Game to the Next Level

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    Ready to pose nude, while strategically covering herself, in ESPN's third annual "Body Issue," Hope Solo will be joined by gymnast Alicia Sacramone, snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler, baller Blake Griffin, shortstop Jose Reyes and arguably the most ripped player in the NFL, Steven Jackson, as well as many others.

    Quite the fiesta.

2. Practice Makes Perfect

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    While most fans expect soccer star Hope Solo to practice her defense and ball control, they will be pleased to find out that her plyometrics training is what separates her from her peers.

    Quickness, power and explosiveness keeps her dominant throughout the entire game.

1. Float Like a Butterly, Sting Like a Bee

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    With her flippant glare, her determined aggression, Hope Solo is ready for any fight that comes her way.

    While she has dominated the sport of soccer, from easily placing goals in the net in high school to stopping every shot that comes her way in college and the pros, this star looks to be ready for boxing.

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. may want to take notes after his classless performance.

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