New York, NY – This summer, goalkeeper Hope Solo will be gunning for the gold at the 2012 London Games. In the July/August issue of Fitness, on stands June 26th, Hope dishes about battling depression, finding inner strength and how she channels her anger.
Hope on dealing with loss, battling depression and finding inner strength: “One of the toughest years in my life was 2007: First I lost my best friend and then my father and then I got kicked off the team in the World Cup. 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.”
Hope on going for the gold: “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.”
On being a goalkeeper: “As I 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 in the air and let it come down. I let everything go with that blade of grass.”
To find out more about Hope, pick up the July/August issue of FITNESS, on newsstands June 26, 2012.
Photos and article courtesy of Andrew MacPherson/Fitness Magazine.