American keeper Hope Solo poses nude for ESPN Mag
BY JIM CARTER, Sporting Alert
Published on Oct. 6 8:15 a.m. CST ·
American World Cup goalkeeper Hope Solo
(Sporting Alert) — American goalkeeper Hope Solo poses naked for ESPN
The Magazine Body Issue and she is delighted at being given the chance to represent the body of a female athlete.
Video: American keeper Hope Solo poses nude for ESPN Mag
Solo, who was a member of the USA team that finished runner-up at this summer’s women’s World Cup in Germany, poses for several shots, including the “The Next Karate Kid” look and the watering of the lawn.“I, honestly feel great honored to have the opportunity to celebrate not just the athlete’s body, but the female athlete’s body,” Solo said.“I always thought I wanted to be a basketball player or a field player, but looking at my body I’m perfect for what I do.”Asked about her views about being viewed as a sex symbol posing nude, Solo added: “I don’t take it seriously at all.“I’m an athlete, that’s all I am. If a sex symbol is now a top female athlete then that’s pretty amazing and it shows how far our country has come from the stick thin models.“I’m honored to have been here to do it.”Solo was in goal for the United States when they were beaten by a spirited Japan side at the World Cup. Midfielder Homare Sawa, a five-time World Cup player, inspired the winners.