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San Francisco : CA : USA | Jul 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM PDT
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Olympic Star Hope Solo Fails Drug Test

Hope Solo, U.S. soccer national team goalkeeper, has been tested positive for banned substance Canrenone in a urine test. She was issued a warning after the test result came back positive on Monday. She took the test on June 15.

Solo will be playing for the United States in the Olympics.

"I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic," Solo said in a press release, according to USA Today. "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," Solo said.

Solo also appeared on “Dancing with the Stars” and was a semifinalist. She has been the goalkeeper for the U.S. team for the past six years. She is rated amongst the best athletes in the world. She played a major role in America’s second-place position in last year’s World Cup.

She also has to her credentials facilitating America’s journey to the semifinals in the 2007 World Cup. However, Coach Greg Ryan replaced her with Briana Scurry, who was one of the heroes of the 1999 world champions. Scurry failed to deliver and United States lost 4-0. Solo then went on to openly criticize Ryan’s decision.

"It was the wrong decision, and I think anybody that knows anything about the game knows that," Solo said. "There's no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves. ... You have to live in the present. And you can't live by big names. You can't live in the past."

Ryan was then dismissed from the World Cup team and not even permitted on the bench for the third-place game. She did not take part in the medal ceremony and flew back on her own.

When Ryan was replaced with Pia Sundhage as coach, Solo came back as a top goalkeeper and has remained one since then.

USADA chief executive officer Travis commented on the incident, stating, “As in all cases, we thoroughly investigate the circumstances and always do what is fair and right for clean athletes and the integrity of sport."

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