Two-time Olympic gold medal-winning soccer player (and many-time gold medal-winning wreck) Hope Solo is now in Rio playing with the U.S. Women’s National Team, and before she flew off to South America to become Brazil’s latest threat, she tweeted a pic of all the bug spray she planned on packing and posted the picture above on Instagram of preparing to battle Zika-infested mosquitos. Hope added the caption: “Not sharing this!!! Get your own! #zikaproof #RoadToRio” What’s funny is that if you threw a helmet onto that get-up, that’s what I’d wear to one of Hope Solo’s family parties. I wouldn’t forget that bug repellent either, because I’d need something to spray her with as she drunkenly attacks me.
Many Brazilian soccer fans didn’t find Hope’s picture funny and they let her know with a tornado of boos during a match yesterday. You know you’ve really pissed a Brazilian off when they tell you to PLEASE LEAVE BRAZIL.
The Washington Post says that during yesterday’s game against New Zealand, people in the stadium booed Hope’s ass every time she touched the ball and they even chanted “ZIKA!” at her.
Despite the trolling and hate, the U.S. team ending up beating New Zealand 2-0. Surprisingly not once during the game did Hope rip a metal post from the soccer goal and jump into the stands to beat those tricks. Hope said after the game that the boos and chants didn’t bother her, because it’s part of soccer culture and the fans were just having fun.
Hope didn’t even really want to go to Brazil because of Zika, which like her, is a threat to children. But she “begrudgingly” agreed to join the team. Since she’s been in Brazil, Hope has tweeted some nice things about the country, but before she left for Rio, she told reporters that only the field and her hotel room would be graced with her presence:
“I strongly believe that no athlete should be put into this position — to decide between your Olympic dreams and your own health. I’m not sure I’m even going to be leaving the hotel room, outside of practice.”
You know, Hope could actually be a key to controlling the Zika problem. She and her fellow wreck of a husband should lure those Zika-having bugs to a backyard BBQ. Those bugs wouldn’t know what hit them. (Hint: the “what” would be Hope and her husband’s fists.) But then again, maybe Hope only beats up her family members.