U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo, 34, has confirmed she will play at Rio 2016.
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Speaking on CNBC on Tuesday, Solo expressed her concerns regarding the Zika virus in Brazil but insisted she will be available for selection.
The veteran goalkeeper has won two Olympic gold medals and was part of the 2015 World Cup winning team. She has played every minute for the U.S. in their last two World Cup and Olympic campaigns.
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From our friends over at OlympicTalk:
“Begrudgingly, I think, is a good way to put it,” Solo said. “I’m very excited for the Olympics. It’s never been done, where we’ve won the World Cup and then backed it with an Olympic championship. So, I’m always a competitor first. I want to set a new standard. I want to break records.
“But at the same time, I am very worried about my health. … I’m going to take every precaution necessary. I’m not even sure I’m going to be leaving the hotel room outside of practice.”
Solo, who played every minute in goal at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and 2011 and 2015 World Cups, said in February that she would not go to the Olympics if she had to choose at that time, citing being uncomfortable with the current situation in Brazil, including Zika.
In April, Solo said she would go to the Olympics but still had concerns about the Zika virus.
And here’s the video clip of Solo appearing on CNBC discussing the situation.