Hope Solo going ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Hope Solo going ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Hope Solo going ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 30 at 7:10 AM

The new cast of "Dancing With the Stars" has been revealed, and taking the dance floor will be Hope Solo, the Richland, Wash., native and current face of USA Women’s Soccer.

The goalkeeper's star has risen steadily over the past three years and reached its peak in June when Team USA made it all the way to the championship game of the Women’s World Cup. The U.S. lost to Japan in penalty kicks in the final.

Solo led the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and she's expected to be in goal again next year for the Games in London.

The former University of Washington player also made news earlier this month when she revealed she was posing nude in ESPN Magazine’s “Body Issue.” The annual issue features male and female athletes posing tastefully nude to show off their physique.

The 13th season of the hit show will feature a mix of actors, athletes and TV personalities. Set to tango and quickstep with professional dance partners will be basketball star Ron Artest; reality stars Robert Kardashian, Kristin Cavallari and Chaz Bono; TV personalities Nancy Grace, Carson Kressley and Ricki Lake; singer-actress Chynna Phillips; actors David Arquette and J.R. Martinez; and Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis, who may be better known in the United States for being George Clooney's ex-girlfriend.

Ryan O'Neal was set to join the cast, but his publicist said the actor had not yet fully recovered from recent knee-replacement surgery.

The new cast members will perform their first dance routines on the season premiere on Sept. 19. The first celebrity contestant will be eliminated on Sept. 20.

 

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