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Old July 27 2012, 08:00 AM   #1
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Hope Solo: Babe of the week #31 (July 2012)

Hope Solo
(American soccer goalkeeper, two-time Parade All-American, 2008 Olympic gold medalist)
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Hope Solo was born in Richland, Washington, and was taught how to play soccer by her father. As a forward at Richland High School, Solo scored 109 goals, leading her team to three consecutive league titles from 1996-1998, including a state championship her senior year. At the University of Washington, she switched to goalkeeper and became the team's all-time leader in shutouts, saves and goals-against average, being named a four-time All-Pac-10 selection and three-time NSCAA All-American. In 2008, she helped lead the U.S. team to the gold medal in Beijing.
Soccer kicks off the London 2012 Olympic Games. Spread across six major grounds around the UK, it offers all the drama that fans of the game have come to expect from major international tournaments. It was introduced as a medal sport at the Paris 1900 Olympic Games. Great Britain won the menís gold medal, then successfully defended their title four years later in Stockholm. The sport has featured at every Olympic Games since, except for Los Angeles 1932. The first womenís competition was at Atlanta 1996. At London 2012, both the menís and womenís soccer competitions begin with a preliminary stage: the 16 menís and 12 womenís teams are divided into groups of four teams (four groups in the menís and three groups in the womenís competition), and each team plays every other in their group. Teams receive three points for a win, one point for a draw and nothing for a loss.

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