Hope Solo will go to Olympics despite Zika concerns

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Hope Solo has made up her mind: She’s still worried about the Zika virus, but will take part in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

So reports Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated.

In February — on the eve of Team USA’s Olympic qualifying bid — Solo sent shocks through the soccer world by telling Wahl: “If I had to make the choice today, I wouldn’t go.”

The mosquito-borne virus is prevalent in Brazil, which is hosting the Summer Games. Solo said she was worried about the health risks Zika poses to women of child-bearing  age and to unborn children.   (In her new message to Wahl, “Manaus” is a reference to one of the Olympic soccer venues that’s outside Rio de Janeiro — more specifically, it’s in the Amazon rain forest, where mosquitoes are, as one might imagine, plentiful.)

It’s clear from what she wrote to Wahl that Solo is still concerned. She seems to have decided that the risk of illness is one she’s willing to take for a chance at her third Olympic gold medal.

But it’s clear she ain’t happy about it.

If it's Zika you want, Brazil's the place to be.

If it’s Zika you want, Brazil’s the place to be.





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