Hope Solo Admits Being Hammered on Today

By McCarton Ackerman 07/13/12

The US Olympic soccer star chalks up her hard-partying to the "extremism" of athletes.

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Hope Solo has been kicking around in the headlines a lot lately. Just days ago, the US women's soccer star was let off with only a warning after testing positive for a diuretic—over a prescription drug she says was for "pre-menstrual purposes." And now she's admitted in a recent interview with ESPN The Magazine that she was drunk on Today while being honored in 2008 for winning the Olympic gold medal. Far from copping to substance abuse issues, Hope says she simply partied a little too hard the night before over her big win. "When we were done partying, we got out of our nice dresses, got back into our stadium coats and, at 7 am with no sleep, went on the Today show drunk," she divulges, naming some of her high-profile drinking buddies. "Vince Vaughn partied with us. Steve Byrne, the comedian. And at some point we decided to take the party back to the village, so we started talking to the security guards, showed off our gold medals, got their attention and snuck our group through without credentials—which is absolutely unheard of." Solo chalks the night up to Olympic athletes being the type to work hard and party hard—giving their all to everything from sprint drills to pounding shots. "Athletes are extremists," says Solo. "When they're training, it's laser focus. When they go out for a drink, it's 20 drinks." Since she'll be representing the US in just a couple of weeks at the London Olympics, let's hope she's focusing on the former.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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