Soccer star and former Dancing with the Stars contestant Hope Solo has swiftly spoken out after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency warned her that she'd tested positive for a banned substance.
Solo, the goalkeeper for the U.S. women's soccer team, tested positive for a substance called Canrenone on June 15, but she has accepted the USADA's notice and issued a statement on the matter. "I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for premenstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic," she said. "Once informed of this fact, I immediately cooperated with USADA and shared with them everything they needed to properly conclude that I made an honest mistake, and that the medication did not enhance my performance in any way. As someone who believes in clean sport, I am glad to have worked with USADA to resolve this matter and I look forward to representing my country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London."
Speaking of those Summer Olympics — which officially kick off July 27 — Solo is fully expected to play in the Americans' first match, July 25 against France in Glasgow, Scotland. Furthermore, if Solo is eventually suspended, she could be looking at a reduced penalty, because, as the Seattle Times reports, Canrenone is "classified as a specified substance."
[Photo Credit: WENN.com]