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Despite a Failed Drug Test, Hope Solo Remains one of America’s Most Loved Olympic Athletes

America’s favorite goalie just got a little more popular, despite a recent fumble in the form of a failed drug test.

When taking an issued drug test June 15, 30-year-old Solo tested positive for Canrenone, a substance found in a medication her personal doctor had prescribed her. But despite the bump in the road, the star goalie quickly admitted her error, was cleared, and is now free from penalty and further speculation.

In a statement issued after the news broke, Solo defended her innocence saying, “I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic. 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.”

Unlike other athletes who’ve come under speculation for using illegal substances, Solo seems to maintain her integrity despite the untimely accusation, and remains one of America’s favorite athletes. ESPN Magazine took note of this when they featured the star in their 2011 “Body Issue” looking incredibly svelte and toned. Images of a barely-there Solo made us wonder just how she attains her Olympic-worthy physique.

Solo’s admitted in the past that she absolutely falls in line with the truth that athletes can be extremists. And in the case of an awesome figure, this definitely plays to her advantage. When she’s training, she’s in ‘laser focus.’ In a recent article for the Huffington Post, she wrote that she and her teammates are at the peak of training for the Olympic games and spend most of their time in the training camp.

Solo’s workout routine currently consists of twice daily strength and endurance workouts, in addition to dynamic speed and agility sessions in the goal. “I also love to jump rope for exercise,” she writes. “I keep one in my gym bag or carry-on wherever I go.”

To fuel her body properly for such intense workouts, Solo says she’s very intentional about getting the right foods in her system. “I always stock up on protein after a hard workout – protein-rich foods help with muscle recovery,” she said. “I tend to snack healthy and find my body wants and craves foods that are food for me.”

Her favorite healthy snack is cheese with bell peppers and crackers. But when it’s time to splurge, her guilty pleasure is Thai food and admits she knows all of the best Thai spots in the cities she visits.

Solo’s personal motto? Look food, feel good, play good. I love this, because whether I admit it or not sometimes that game-ready face and well-groomed ponytail are just as important as the training leading up to the event. It’s nice to see such a hardcore athlete keep her feminine side intact. This is just one of many reasons Hope will likely be one of the most-watched athletes in this year’s Olympics.

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Source: Christian Science Monitor | Photos via Getty

 

July 13th, 2012

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