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Hope Solo Says Dancing With the Stars Showed Her in Poor Light, Told Her She Had ‘Too Much Muscle’

Unlike many other professional athletes before her, Hope Solo did not enjoy her time on Dancing With the Stars. She may try to sugarcoat it so that she doesn’t sound too bitter, but anyone can see by Hope’s recollections and reflections that it was not exactly a high point in her life.  As she explained to Anderson Cooper on his show, Anderson, on Tuesday, most of Solo’s frustrations stem from the way in which the show’s producers portrayed her.

“I was very naive going into it,” she explained. “It is very much reality television I think from day one they casted our characters. And we would be rehearsing for seven hours a day. Maks and I were great friends and we had an endearing relationship. The 45 minutes in the whole seven hours that were the most frustrating where I am curing and kicking walls is what America got to see.”

From the start, Solo was upset with the gossip magazines for creating a problem between her and dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy that she insists never existed.  She feels as though the angry and frustrated Hope Solo became good television, and that’s why that’s all the audience was shown.  Not only that, but the judges were critical of her from the start.

“I was told I had too much muscle and I was too intense and wasn’t dainty,” Solo said.

PICTURES: Hope Solo naked in The Body issue

Needless to say, appearing on DWTS appears to be a “live and learn” type experience for the U.S. women’s goalie.  With the World Cup qualifiers around the corner, it’s safe to say she’s ready to put reality TV behind her and focus on those who appreciate her intensity and muscle.  Here is the full interview between Hope and Anderson Cooper, courtesy of Examiner.com:



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  • http://twitter.com/livefierce laura taylor

    I blogged about the whole “too muscular” thing back in October.. pretty much sums up how I feel about it (i.e. not like the judges): http://happygosnarky.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/muscles-vs-miniskirts/

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    If they wanted a girly girl, why would they cast Hope? Have they ever seen her play?

  • http://twitter.com/Tish326 Tisha

    This makes me laugh….Misty May Treanor was a contestant a few years ago until she was injured and had to drop out…and she is a pretty muscular woman too.  She was extremely well-liked by the judges.  

  • Anonymous

    I thought Hope was the 2nd best dancer on the show and the best looking. She really learned fast.

  • Anonymous

    The only reason Hon…I meant Hope, lasted so long was her body. If it wasn’t for dancing with the unknowns, I wouldn’t even know who she is. But, I am looking forward to her own reality show. What can be more exciting than a glimpse in the life of a former Star Wars has-been.

  • Anonymous

    I think this woman is a winey brat when things don’t go her way.  She is constantly complaining about something!!!!.  I’m glad she is gone, didn’t care for her because of her poor pitiful me attitude when she is being afforded such opportunities in life that most of us will never ever have the good fortune of having,  The people had just as much to say as the judges.  She should just face the facts that she wasn’t the best but had a great time and focus on what she is good at, kicking that dam ball and getting her frustrations out of that and shut the **** up!!

  • Anonymous

    Pretty, a great soccer player…YES!  A dancer…she has flat feet..they were flexed most of the time and made her look awkward and ungraceful… despite some of her very painful adverse circumstances, I wish she could have a been a bit less defensive and a bit more humble (not that the judges were perfect…but that is not who is being discussed here). 

  • Anonymous

    The judges are old and crotchity!    They picked on Max  when he was standing in front of them……I think it’s time to change the judging panel.

  • Anonymous

    Look, Han got her 15 minutes of fame. I can’t wait to see her in playboy. Since when is soccer a sport? 99% boredom followed by 1% action. No wonder euros burn towns down, what else is there to do before, during or after a game? Discuss how the ref keeps the official time? Lets drop this non story and get back to real athletes.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry!  I watched Hope Solo and her dances and it was very clear that she had no interest in learning the nuances of the dances, and was going to do things her way no matter what.  Dancing is a girly sport, and if she couldn’t handle that side of it, then she should have bowed out.  I am kind of sick of her bellyaching.  If she had spend as much time learning to perform on the dance floor as she does on the soccer field, there would have been no complaints from the judges or the audience.  As I recall, there was a female boxer who was far more elegant, girly, and didn’t complain nearly as much Hope Solo.  If a boxer can be dainty, so can a soccer player.

  • Tiana Izumita

    Agreed.  I thought I was the only one who wasn’t blinded by her “beauty” and saw the real her, one of the most self-centered, egotistical poor sports ever.  She handles losing badly, in soccer and on this show.   News flash Hope:  You’re not that great.  After all, you are only a goalie.   

  • http://twitter.com/MettaWorldhate Metta Worldhate

    Well… it’s true, beast woman.  Lay off the ‘roids.  RWWAAAAAAAAARRRRRR!!!!