Hope Solo Might Skip Olympic Games Due to Zika Virus

February 9, 2016

United States women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo dropped a bit of bombshell this week, indicating she might skip this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio due to the spread of the Zika virus.

Telling Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl that if she had to make the choice today, “I wouldn’t go,” the news is both shocking and understandable.

Solo’s reasoning behind the decision is linked to the fact that the Zika virus can cause newborn babies to be born with a smaller brain and she doesn’t feel she should have to risk her health to represent her country.

In happier news, the U.S. is about to kickoff Olympic qualifying on Wednesday with its opening match against Costa Rica (7:30 p.m. CT, NBC Live Extra). Viewing information for the entire tournament can be found here.

And finally, this United States men’s national team fan is still harboring plenty of anger about the team’s finish in this summer’s Gold Cup and decided to vent his frustration in response to a Tweet from U.S. Soccer.

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