Hope Solo

Olympic Gold Medal Winning Footballer

Hope Solo was born on July 30, 1981 in Richland, Washington. At an early age, Hope enjoyed basketball, snowboarding, and beach volleyball—but once she was taught the game of soccer by her father, her passion for sport led her to become the keeper for the U.S. Women’s U18 squad and helped the team capture gold in the Pan-American games. In 1999, Hope enrolled at the University of Washington and earned a spot as the starting goalkeeper for the Huskies. In 2008, Hope once again joined the U.S. Women’s Olympic Soccer team, this time as the starting keeper. She won her second Olympic gold medal in the 2012 games in London. Hope is also active for a number of charitable causes, serving as a representative of the Women’s Sports Foundation, founded by Billie Jean King to advance the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.  Hope ran  the Chicago Marathon in order to raise money for the Seattle Humane Society and participates in the Game Changers programme.