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Hope Solo Not Dainty Enough for Dancing With the Stars

Television
by Melissa Silverstein
November 30, 2011 9:54 AM
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Hope Solo

Hope Solo is a competitive athlete.  She's won Olympic gold.  World Cup Silver.  The Golden Glove Award at this summer's Women's World Cup.  She is probably the best female goalkeeper in the world. 

Yet, those judges on Dancing With the Stars made this incredibly fit woman feel inadequate.

In an interview she did with Anderson Cooper after she was booted off the show she talked about how naive she was going into the competition, and how she was told she had too much muscle and wasn't dainty enough.

It just blows my mind how this woman who has invested her life in taking care of her body and is an amazing role model for young girls and boys across the country could be made to feel like she's not good enough because she had too much muscle?  Shouldn't we be teaching our kids how great it is that Hope Solo can have a career as a female soccer player and that her muscles are are good thing in her chosen profession.

In the brief moments I saw of the show I thought it was amazing to see a real athlete performing in this setting.  She not only raised her profile (she's in Us Weekly now), she raised the profile of women's soccer. 

The team begins its Olympic qualifying run in January.  Wonder if more people will be interested in the team now that Hope has been on Dancing With the Stars

Hope Solo: I was too muscular for Dancing (US Weekly via Today Show)

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4 Comments

  • Kate | December 3, 2011 7:42 PMReply

    The judges on that show are just awful, I'm not surprised they took such a confident woman and made her feel insecure - it's like they enjoy doing it. I love Hope Solo and I really do hope this has brought more attention to the women's US soccer team. They're gonna kick some a** this summer!

  • Kathleen | November 30, 2011 10:38 PMReply

    Dancing with the Stars is such a silly show. If you want to see really great dancers, don't watch Dancing with the Stars. Great female dancers are great athletes. It's about time the "experts" on that dumb show realized that.

  • azteri | November 30, 2011 3:31 PMReply

    Another example of the very narrow window women have to fit through to be judged acceptable by our culture. Hope has a wonderful attitude and as the article stated is a great role model for all. Ironic that she had to "fail" to become famous.

  • grrljock | November 30, 2011 2:51 PMReply

    Melissa, plenty of female athletes have been on the show, and some have won (e.g., gymnast Shawn Johnson, ice skater Kristy Yamaguchi). Hope Solo is probably the first one that is not from a non-contact (and also seen as a more feminine and acceptable) sport. The fact that the show judges stated that Hope was not feminine enough/too muscle bound for dancing is a reflection of their truly twisted worldview (though sadly, more "mainstream" than ours, it seems like).

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