KIRKLAND, Wash. -- USA women s soccer goalie Hope Solo and Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy were at a Seattle-area dance studio Monday, practicing their routine for next week s season premiere.
After wrapping up the last of their practice sessions at Kirkland Dance Center, Solo was flying out to attend a Team USA function in Kansas City.
Solo, whose strong play in goal helped the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics and a second place finish at this year s World Cup, will be competing against 11 other celebrities this season.
If history holds, Solo has a very good chance of winning the competition. In 12 seasons, six athletes have danced home with the trophy and four have been runner-up.
Solo doesn t sound convinced, saying that Maks is having to teach her how to walk in heels.
I don t understand why people say athletes have the advantage because, for me, it is the exact opposite. My body does what it wants to do because it s been trained in this way for 20-some-odd-years, and now you re telling it to do everything it s gone against. So I think it s a disadvantage. The only thing I have going for me is my work ethic and my commitment, said Solo.
Don t think her stint on Dancing means the end of her soccer career. Solo said she wants to be in goal for the U.S. again in four years at the Women s World Cup.
Solo will also be appearing nude in ESPN Magazine s Body Issue next month. The annual issue features male and female athletes posing tastefully nude to show off their physique.