Gold Medalist Hope Solo Went to Therapy to Address 'All the Pain and Anger'
The soccer player reveals that she had been seeing a therapist during her her 30-day suspension from the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team
It looks like there’s hope for Hope Solo.
After a 30-day suspension, the two-time Olympic gold-medalist returned to the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team with some news for her teammates. “I told them that for the first time in my life, I’d been seeing a therapist and dealing with a lot of my issues, and finally addressing all the pain and anger that was inside of me,” Solo wrote on her new blog.
Following a chaotic year of arrests, domestic violence charges and court dates, Solo was determined to use the suspension to her advantage. “I had a lot of time to think, and reassess my life and career,” Solo, 33, wrote.
The soccer star also went on Good Morning America Wednesday to apologize. “I want people to realize I’m just human and I make mistakes,” Solo told Robin Roberts. “I want people to be able to forgive me.”
In her blog post, Solo explained that she had been distant from her teammates during the days leading up to her suspension. “I’d been a mess emotionally and mentally, and spent most nights crying with my roommate away from the team.”
But Solo said once she opened up, she received more support and encouragement from her teammates than she could have ever imagined. “It made me realize how important it was for me to be more open with them.”
Solo will be playing in her third World Cup and hopes to take the title. In her blog, she said she emailed her teammates to encourage them: “We’re not just going to survive, we’re going to thrive. We’re going to win this World Cup.”
Solo and the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team play their first match in the FIFA Women’s World Cup against Australia on June 8.