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Soccer ace Hope Solo opens up about 'depression battle'

June 26, 2012 - Washington

U.S. soccer ace Hope Solo has revealed that she battled with "complete depression" back in 2007 after deaths of friends and family members and losses on the sporting field.

The 31 year old admitted that her personal problems left her at an all-time low.

The sport star also admitted that ill-advised comments she made about being replaced during a big game then cost her a place on the U.S. national team, which sent her spiralling further down.

"First I lost my best friend, who was hit by a car while running, then my father, who suffered a fatal heart attack, and then I got kicked off the team in the World Cup for comments to the press about getting replaced during a game. I hit an all-time low. I didn't leave the house. I was in a complete depression," Contactmusic quoted her as telling Fitness magazine.

The soccer player, who is set to return to the Olympic Games in July, also revealed that finding her inner strength back was a really long process.

"It took putting one foot in front of the other every single day to get through it to the point where I made it back on the team and won a gold medal in 2008. You're always going to survive the pain of loss," she added.


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