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This book is part of Hyperink's best little books series. Our best little books are 3,500-5,000 words of fast, entertaining information on a highly demanded topic. Based on reader feedback (including yours!), we may expand this book in the future. If we do so, we'll send a free copy to all previous buyers.


Hope Solo is arguably the best goalkeeper in womens soccer today. And even though her sporting talent, by itself, has made her internationally famous, she is also increasingly gaining celebrity status for her appearances on television on numerous entertainment shows, as well as her adventurous magazine photo shoots.

But lets for a moment stick to sport, where she made her name.

If a womens soccer manager were asked to select the USA womens national soccer team, the first name on their team sheet would most likely be Hope Solo, arguably the best player the womens game has ever seen.


Abdul Montaqim is a journalist, based in London, and has been working in the media since 1989. Among the more well known titles he has written for are The Guardian newspaper, Time Out magazine and the International Business Times website.


Hope Amelia Solo was born on July 30, 1981, in the small city of Richland, in Benton County, which is in the US state of Washington.

Richland has an estimated total population of below 50,000. And perhaps because of its relatively limited size, Hope had more opportunities to excel in her chosen activities. But it must be said that even in a city 10 times the size of Richland, she still would have stood out. Its just that cities like Richland, with their small populations can sometimes act as incubators for talents such as Solos.

Its a fact that towns where a talented group of children grow up playing a particular sport often produce a higher number of excellent players in that sport. Its something to do with dedication, healthy competition and a relatively closed, conducive environment.

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