ESPN the Magazine Body Issue has Hope Solo Watering Lawn Naked (Pictures)

As we all thought would be the case a couple months ago when she tweeted that being naked outside was “very liberating,” Hope Solo is featured in the newest ESPN the Magazine Body Issue.  ESPN released the pictures of various female and male athletes on Wednesday, and as usual there is plenty between the covers that could make you break a sweat.

Aside from the few pictures of Solo — who I’m sorry to say I prefer seeing in a soccer uniform — the Body Issue also features Olympic athletes Alicia Sacramone and Natasha Hastings doing what they normally do, only with no clothes on.  Naturally, we wouldn’t tell you all about it without providing a few pictures, so here are some of the photos from the 2011 ESPN the Magazine Body Issue.  If you want to see more, venture over to their website here.

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Hope Solo Has Love Poem Recited to Her by Sporting KC Forward (Video)

If you want to learn the proper way to get a girl’s attention, take note:

That was Sporting KC forward C.J. Sapong who wrote a poem and rap he recited for U.S. goalie Hope Solo. Even though he screwed up at first, his rhymes were slick and his ability to recite it showed how much effort he put into it.

Solo, who’s no stranger to attention and proposals from strangers, rewarded the effort quite nicely. The hug was well deserved, and the kiss was a nice touch. Well done by both parties.

Hope Solo and Alex Morgan Pair Up in Dancing Video Game Commercial (Video)

Since their recent run to the finals of the women’s World Cup, the U.S. women’s soccer team has become more than just a collection of athletes.  Players like Hope Solo and Alex Morgan have become icons who are receiving more attention than they know how to handle.  That’s how it goes in the world of sports.  One minute you’re making a crucial save or scoring a sick goal and the next people are talking about you posing nude in ESPN The Magazine.  Before you know it, these two will be starring in commercials promoting Dance Dance Revolution type games.  Wait, that already happened?  Check out the Hope Solo and Alex Morgan dancing video game commercial:

Did anyone notice the two names on the screen at the 40-second mark?  I wonder if they picked the names Sunny and Baby or those were default names for the game.  If it’s the former, that’s hot.

Hope Solo Posing Nude for ESPN the Magazine?

Hope Solo is in LA this week and has been teasing her audience about a photo shoot she’s doing for ESPN the Magazine. Solo hasn’t revealed too many details about the project, but she has mentioned a few key words.

“Being naked outside is very liberating,” she wrote in one tweet.

Responding to a fan in another tweet, she said she was “Doing a shoot for ESPN the MAG!”

Being naked and tweeting a picture of yourself in a fountain — wearing nothing but a robe — doesn’t sound like your standard sports magazine photo shoot. It seems like she’s headed for an appearance in ESPN’s “The Body Issue.” ESPN will share the names of the participants closer to the Body Issue’s October 5th release date.

If Solo is indeed appearing in The Body Issue, my guess is it will bring the internet to a halt the way the sexy Serena Williams nude pose did, not to mention the Amanda Beard spread.

Here are more pictures of Hope Solo:

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Hope Solo Drove Pace Car at Brickyard 400

It’s been two weeks since the U.S. women’s soccer team lost in the finals of the World Cup to Japan, but their stardom has yet to fade. Hope Solo continued her tour of publicity this weekend by driving the pace car at the Brickyard 400. She talked about the experience during an interview with ESPN’s crew and complained that they only let her go 55 miles per hour:

Hope Solo is not the type of girl you can slow down. You really expect her to transition from doing triple figures in practice and only 55 during the race? You have another thing coming.

Video courtesy YouTube user EdwinTV42

Hope Solo: We Did Not Choke Against Japan in Finals

The U.S. women’s national team has been criticized for blowing 1-0 and 2-1 leads against Japan in the finals of the World Cup before losing on penalty kicks. The theme from most of the media has been that the team choked. What’s worse is that some people feel as if criticizing the team for choking is the ultimate sign of equality because it’s how the men would be treated. I find that to be nonsense, but that’s mainly because I feel like people are too quick to criticize the team that failed rather than praise the team that was victorious. Goalie Hope Solo also disagrees with that sentiment.

Appearing on SportsCenter, Solo responded to the critics. “I’ve been asked ‘Did you guys choke?’ so I think we’re getting criticized,” Solo acknowledged. “I don’t believe we choked. For so long people had been saying that our team has the best defense, we’re more athletically gifted, and we like to get the ball forward and find Abby’s head and that’s how we win.”

“Well in the final, we finally gave the world what they wanted,” Solo continued. “We were a possession-oriented team that attacked in different varieties, and unfortunately we didn’t come out on top. But it truly was our best game in the final of the World Cup in front of 60,000 people. So did we choke? I don’t think we choked, but everybody else who doesn’t truly know the game likes to say we did because of the penalty kicks.”

It’s great to hear Solo say that because the reality is there are very few soccer fans in the country, yet everyone professed to be an expert who understood the game during the World Cup finals. Regardless, we know one thing for certain: the U.S. women gained millions of fans during the tournament. Solo says she won’t get too carried away with her newfound celebrity status.

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Hope Solo, Abby Wambach Happy for Japan

This U.S. women’s soccer team blew 1-0 and 2-1 leads to Japan and lost in the finals of the World Cup on penalty kicks. They’re taking a lot of criticism for choking, but that’s not my focus. Sure it would have been nice to win, but this team will have a chance to earn a gold medal in London in 2012. Additionally, given the natural disasters in Japan, hopefully the World Cup win will be more uplifting for their country than it would have been for the U.S.

Many of the players on the American team share the same perspective.

Goalie Hope Solo, who said she hoped Japan would reach the finals, placed the loss in excellent context.

“We lost to a great team, we really did,” Solo conceded. “Japan is a team that I’ve always had so much respect for, and I truly believe that something bigger was pulling for this team. And as much as I’ve always wanted [to win the World Cup], if there’s any team I would give it to, it would be Japan.”

Abby Wambach, who scored to put the U.S. up 2-1, suggested a more powerful force was at work.

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