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Goalkeeper Hope Solo helped the U.S. Women's Soccer Team win gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. She also appeared on Dancing with the Stars in 2011.
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With that obstacle behind her, Solo was able to focus on her next goal: Winning gold at the 2012 Olympics. "London 2012 is all about winning a medal. Not just any medal, the gold medal," Solo said, according to a Reuters report.
At the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, to the roar of nearly 80,300 soccer fans—the largest soccer crowd in Olympics history—Solo won her second consecutive gold medal with the U.S. women's soccer team, in a revengeful,
2-1 victory against Japan. Solo showed no mercy during the match, stopping 12 of the 13 shots she faced against the Japanese women's team. The victory marked the fourth of five Olympic titles won by the American women's squad since women's soccer was first included in the Olympics (1996).
Solo showed off another side of her personality in 2011, when she competed on Dancing with the Stars. Appearing on the show's 13th season, she danced against such celebrities as actor David Arquette, activist and author Chaz Bono, and talk show personality Ricki Lake. Solo did well enough with partner Maksim Chmerkovsky to make it to the show's semifinals. That same year, she raised some eyebrows by posing nude in ESPN magazine.
In August 2012, Solo published an autobiography with Ann Killion entitled, Solo: A Memoir of Hope, giving fans an inside look at her life and career.
Around this time, Solo began dating former football tight end Jerramy Stevens, who played for the Seattle Seahawks before signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The couple announced their engagement just two months later. On November 12, 2012, the night before their planned wedding, Stevens was arrested for investigation of assault at a home in Kirkland, Washington, following a physical altercation between eight people at a party. According to reports, responding police officers identified a female victim who had received a cut to her elbow, assumed to be Solo. Arrested as a suspect of fourth-degree assualt, Stevens was released soon after, when a Kirkland Municipal Court judge determined a lack of evidence in the case.
Stevens had a series of run-ins with police prior to this incident, including a reckless driving charge in 2003 and an arrest for marijuana possession in 2012.
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