It's pronounced "Spee-grow"
Reblogged from visionofachampion
Truly an inspiration for anyone. But for me — a footballer, a goalie, a leader — she is more than that. She embodies the elegant struggle, and for that I love her.
Hope Solo - How To Work Under Pressure
“To hell with you: This is my game, my career!”
I still get very, very nervous before every game. I really welcome that, but I had to learn how to manage it. I don’t use a sports psychologist. I think about the game and visualize what I can do against our opponent’s offense. When I let them score, I get so angry I want to scream. But our defenders look to me for their peace of mind. I do everything I can not to lose it.
I had one moment, at the Olympics in 2008, when I really disappointed myself. The year before the Olympics was one of the hardest in my personal life and my career. My father died, I was pulled from the World Cup, and then because of what I said afterward, I was kicked off the team. The Olympics came 10 months later. A lot of people were waiting for me to fail. Having that awareness didn’t allow me to put 110 percent focus on the field. In the opening game of the Olympics we got scored on in the first two minutes because of my mistake. Then it happened again. We lost 2-0. I got so mad that I had allowed outside influences to affect what I had worked my entire life for. That was a big lesson for me. After I realized I let my critics get to me, I was just like, “The hell with you: This is my game, my career!”
I’m as confident as I am because of my training. I consistently remind myself of that. I learned to block out the voices that brought me down.
For me, winning games isn’t enough; I want to be the best goalkeeper in the world. My coaches have always been brutally honest with me, sometimes to a point that I feel I may break. But that feedback doesn’t bring me down. It empowers me. I do my best when I have something to prove.