Olympic Fans Chanted The Most Offensive Thing At Hope Solo During Her Match
I'm not sure this is the dream start United States women's national soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo imagined at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Yes, Solo kept a clean sheet during the US 2-0 win over New Zealand in their opening match. But it's what happened off the field that's grabbing all the headlines this morning.
In the lead up to the Rio Olympics, numerous athletes – females in particular – voiced their concerns about the Zika virus in Brazil. Hope Solo was among the more vocal athletes, and she publicly contemplated skipping the games altogether because of Zika fears.
Obviously, Solo is very much competing at the Olympics in Rio. But that didn't stop several members of the Rio crowd from chanting, "Zika! Zika!" at her during the match.
Brazilians chant 'Zika' to taunt Hope Solo after she posts photos of 'mosquito-proof' gear https://t.co/bVWtl4z4jH pic.twitter.com/46VEEG6Ugs — Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) August 4, 2016
Here's a video of the Belo Horizonte crowd shouting "Zika!" as Solo unleashes a goal kick:
Regarding the offensive chants, Solo reportedly said,
Oftentimes it's part of the football culture to boo the goalkeeper. I'm OK with that. I was pretty focused on the game. What goes on around me in the stadium, honestly, it doesn't really matter.
I think you're good on the bug spray, Hope.
We'll just have to wait and see if Solo continues to be ridiculed throughout the rest of the Olympics.