Hope Solo drunk during 'Today' show appearance

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Hope Solo. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

By Kevin Connelly, USA TODAY

U.S. women's soccer star Hope Solo is back in the headlines just days after making waves with a positive drug test.

This time, it's because of a tell-all interview in ESPN The Magazine's "Body Issue."

In the interview, she admitted to appearing drunk on the Today show while being honored for the 2008 Olympic gold medal. The team's goalkeeper attributes that to spending the night before partying with her teammates and a few celebrities.

"When we were done partying, we got out of our nice dresses, got back into our stadium coats and, at 7 a.m. with no sleep, went on the Today show drunk," she told ESPN The Magazine.

"Vince Vaughn partied with us. Steve Byrne, the comedian," Solo continued. "And at some point we decided to take the party back to the village, so we started talking to the security guards, showed off our gold medals, got their attention and snuck our group through without credentials - which is absolutely unheard of."

Solo went on to discuss the Olympic Village and the unique atmosphere it provides, but she wasn't the only athlete to speak out about it. One Olympian described it as a "frat party with a very nice gene pool."

"Athletes are extremists," Solo says. "When they're training, it's laser focus. When they go out for a drink, it's 20 drinks."

What goes on inside the village was once left up to the public's imagination. However, with social media and the way athletes use Twitter today, a creative imagination might no longer be needed.


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