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Competitive Tips from Olympian Hope Solo

"How I Keep My Winning Edge" The Defending Champion: Hope Solo

Goalkeeper Hope Solo, 31, became the face of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team in the 2008 Beijing Olympic finals by shutting out Brazil and bringing home the gold. Now she has her sight set on the top of the podium in London.

Why I do what I do

"As a forward, I tried to win games, and now as a goalkeeper, I try to save them. I thrive under pressure. That's when I really step up."

Bouncing back after a missed save

"I have to channel my anger. I pick up a piece of grass, hold it for a second, throw it up into the air and let it come down. I let everything go with that blade of grass."

Finding inner strength

"One of the toughest years in my life was 2007: First I lost my best friend [who was hit by a car while running] and then my father [who suffered a fatal heart attack], and then I got kicked off the team in the World Cup [for comments to the press about getting replaced during a game]. I hit an all-time low. I didn't leave the house. I was in a complete depression. It took putting one foot in front of the other every single day to get through it to the point where I made it back on the team and won a gold medal in 2008. You're always going to survive the pain of loss. I can live with that confidence inside of me."

Looking to London

"I've learned that winning isn't everything, and it's more about the journey. But at the end of the day, I just want to stand on the podium with the gold medal."

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julissasantos1994 wrote:

Amazing advice!

8/13/2012 11:34:18 PM Report Abuse

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