Hope Solo Booed at Rio Olympics for Zika Comments

THR Hope Solo - H 2015
Christopher Patey

THR Hope Solo - H 2015

The U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper came under furious fan backlash after her outspoken criticism of Brazil and the Games' organizers over the zika virus.

Hope Solo experienced a furious backlash over her strident views on the Zika virus as the U.S. women's soccer opened their Olympic campaign in Brazil with a win over New Zealand.

The goalkeeper, who before the Olympic soccer tournament started had suggested she might skip the event, said she was only in Brazil "begrudgingly" due to the Zika virus. The Washington Post reported that in May Solo had even said she would leave the team hotel only for practice and games.


Not sharing this!!! Get your own! #zikaproof #RoadToRio

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Solo later said she was not fazed by the boos, whistles and chants of "Zika, Zika." She told the Associated Press: "I'm glad the fans had fun," adding, "[and] if they had fun at my expense, more power to them."

A crowd of fewer than 10,000 people attended the match in the cavernous 60,000-capacity Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, with the U.S. winning 2-0 on goals from Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.