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Hope Solo Book: Memoir Further Endears Star Goalie in Hearts of US Soccer Fans

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09:  Goalkeeper Hope Solo #1 of United States looks on while taking on Japan in the second half during the Women's Football gold medal match on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIAugust 14, 2012

Hope Solo has become one of the most iconic female American athletes in the world over the last few years.

She's long been a staple on United States women's soccer team, dating back to when she became the primary goalie in 2005, but has become a fan favorite in recent times.

Her most recent triumph, though, came in the form of her memoir titled Solo: A Memoir of Hope, which covers just as much about her soccer career as it does her personal life.

We already know that Solo was one of the most beloved female sports figures, but her recent memoir will allow her to connect with fans on an even greater level.

Far too often, we hold athletes on a pedestal and look at them as if they are larger than life. We don't get to see or read about the humble beginnings and trials and tribulations that they had to endure to get to where they are.

In the book, Solo writes that she was conceived during a conjugal visit when her father was in prison. I wouldn't exactly chalk that up to her just being an average kid, but it makes her seem like more of a regular human being than a world-renowned athlete.

Solo also addresses her benching in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup against Brazil—a match in which the Americans were shut out 4-0.

I won't reveal any more details, but the events that Solo recounts in her memoir further endear her into the hearts of American sports fans. This is just another stepping stone in a series of events that has made Solo seem like an average American citizen.

Back before the Olympic Games began, Solo spilled the details of the Olympic Village and what happens between the athletes, saying (via ESPN) "There's a lot of sex going on. I'd say it's 70 percent to 75 percent of Olympians."

During the Olympic Games, she wasn't too happy with Brandi Chastain's comments about the US national team, and took to Twitter to voice her displeasure.

Of course, it isn't every day that the average American citizen writes their own memoir, lives in the Olympic Village or takes to social media to publicly disparage a star figure who criticized her play, but all these things serve as something to remember Solo by.

It ensures that the American public isn't going to forget about Solo before the next FIFA Women's World Cup rolls around.

She is making her mark on the American sports world, and doing a fine job at it so far.

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