Goalkeeper Solo gets drug warning ahead of Olympics
Hope Solo, seen here in a May 27 game against China, is clear to play in the Olympics despite the warning.
July 10th, 2012
06:47 PM ET

Goalkeeper Solo gets drug warning ahead of Olympics

An anti-doping agency has issued a public warning to U.S. women’s soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo after she tested positive for a banned diuretic, a substance that she says she didn’t know was in premenstrual medication prescribed by her physician.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says it accepts Solo’s explanation, and U.S. Soccer says the warning will not prevent its first-choice goalkeeper from competing in the 2012 Olympics or any other competition.

Solo, 30, tested positive for canrenone in a urine sample taken last month, the USADA said this week.

Canrenone is a diuretic, a type of substance that could help athletes pass drug tests by diluting their urine, according to the Mayo Clinic. Because of this, diuretics sometimes are referred to as masking agents.

An investigation determined that the diuretic was part of a prescribed medication she was taking under a doctor’s care, the USADA said.

“I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic,” Solo said in a statement released by U.S. Soccer. “Once informed of this fact, I immediately cooperated with USADA and shared with them everything they needed to properly conclude that I made an honest mistake, and that the medication did not enhance my performance in any way.

“As someone who believes in clean sport, I am glad to have worked with USADA to resolve this matter and I look forward to representing my country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London."

U.S. Soccer said it “fully supports” Solo’s clarification that the positive test was “not related to performance enhancement in any way.”

“We fully cooperated with USADA during the disciplinary process to ensure it could be resolved quickly. Hope has accepted the public warning for her rule violation,” U.S. Soccer said.

Solo and the rest of the U.S. women’s soccer team are expected to begin training in the United Kingdom this week, ahead of this month’s Olympic Games. The team will begin with a match against France on July 25, two days before the games’ opening ceremonies, in Glasgow, Scotland.

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  1. Bob in Newfield

    Hasn't this anti-doping thing gotten a little out of hand?

    July 10, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • China syndrom....US syndrom...

      NO ! Not even close.

      China and the US have the enhancement engineers and they plan to use 'em to win gold! Most of this base science came from the former East German Sport Federation. The US has been one of the biggest cheaters...right up there with the Chinese!

      July 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • carbide scribe

      Do we cheat the world by using a quarter of its resources? No, because we are exceptional, chosen of God, and deserve those resources. Just ask right wing Frank.

      July 10, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      Absolutely! They are so fanatical they essentially test folks nearly 24/7, how invasive and ridiculous is that?
      DO. NOT. CARE.
      Leave 'em be, let them be normal!

      July 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Silywalx

    Leave the pretty ones alone!

    July 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      See, even female athletes have menstrual problems just like the rest of us gals (or used to).

      July 10, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dante666

    More power to this lady – I commend her for admiting that she took the drug as part of her normal life. But here in lies what is wrong with the whole doping concept. This is a reflection of a crazy society that puts more importance in a drug test than they do to assure people have a job and can live in a faltering economy. Where the hell are our priorities?

    July 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh

      how does that make sense? What does doping have to do with the economy? And the surge of doping tests for the Olympics creates high paying jobs so they have enough medical people to do the testing, so you fail on both points.

      July 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      This is why when I have to have a drug test (for employment), I always say I'm taking Sudafed that can cause a false positive.

      July 10, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. brubaker

    It seems like any sort of medication is an "enhancement" though. If she'd had menstrual issues that normally would have kept her from performing as well as other players. Now she has these medications that alleviate that and allow her to perform better than her body naturally would have allowed her to.

    July 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • afk

      It is highly probable that her medication for premenstrual cramping was a birth control pill. Many birth control pills have a small amount of diuretic in them to help with bloating. It is not uncommon for doctors to prescribe BC for many issues other than strict birth control. So in a narrow minded sense you are correct...Hope Solo +baby < world class athletes.

      July 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vader

      That's a bit of a stretch, don't you think?

      July 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marzi

      Christ on a stick! If she had a stupid headache on game day and took an aspirin, would that be considered a performing inhancing drug? Yeah, yeah, I know, I know, aspirin isn't a banned substance, but for Pete's sake! And to air this poor woman's health probs as if it were really news? Jumping Jehosephat, this is silly!!!!

      July 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. asdkl

    obviously a goal keeper would not need steroids

    July 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. B1975

    Sounds to me it was prescribed for excess bloat for her cycle. Guess you have to take a list of what you cant take to every doctor visit to be safe these days if you want to be in the Olympics.

    July 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. carbide scribe

    The American people expect these professional Olympians be be free of the taint and scourge of drug use.
    It is simply without question, the drug use in this nation brought on the financial crisis and economic miasma we find ourselves in. One needs look no further than the LIBOR fixing chiefs to see evidence of this truth.
    Remember they sad they would "smoke a peace pipe " as a sign of victory.

    July 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      Oh, I get it, you're high RIGHT NOW!

      July 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Marzi


    July 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. blueyeddevil

    "it didn't enhance my performance." Well that's obvious!

    July 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. annebeth

    Sounds like it might be a birth control pill. I was on them for severe cramps and excessive bleeding. They really helped but they do have a diuretic, for water weight gain

    July 10, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rascal Rabble

    maybe she should see a doctor who is familiar with those restrictions...i find it difficult she taking medication that she doesn't know anything about...usually infomation is provided...she should have been cited...

    July 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lroy

    But if this was the men's team, we wouldn't have this story. She could easily have been taking Midol for menstrual cramps.

    July 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Yes Iroy, because you are a qualified doctor who has access to her medical information. Informed comment.

      July 11, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • DrM

      FYI. Canrenone is also in MIDOL

      July 11, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • NSL

      Midol is a banned drug by the USADA.

      July 11, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bolaji09

    @Silywax "Leave the pretty ones alone!" and @Rascal Rabble "....she should've been cited." – Neat combo, u guys! The crucifixion and destruction by American media (1988) of Canada's Olympian Ben Johnson demo the hypocrisy in the light of subsequent revelations.

    However much the efforts to protect the cheats, eventually nemesis will catch up with them and theirs the disgrace will be.

    July 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. abeachlover

    She supposedly got a "clean" breakaway. I think she knew she was doping.

    July 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    There are many instances where Midol just doesn't cut it.
    I know of people who have to actually call off work and stay in bed with a heating pad because their cramps are so bad...and Midol is useless for those kinds of extreme discomfort.
    Women's cycles vary greatly.

    July 10, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      thank you dr anecdotal for that personal insight...diuretics aren't pain pills and don't treat discomfort they get rid of fluid...solo is cupable...there are many professions that have restrictions of valid medication use while on the job and some even prohibit active diseases...

      July 11, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Merrillee

      banasy was talking to iroy...what is you problem with banasy? Man, your are a bitter almond...

      July 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carla M.

      Drink Chanca Piedra tea like they do in Latin Countries. Many of the military girls and the female cops drink it so they won't miss work.

      July 11, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Jose S.

      Don't leave out the men! They also drink Chanca Piedra in South America and Asia for total health. Chanca flushes the liver, kidneys, prostrate and bladder. Hmmm! Maybe it could be used as a mask. Wonder what it does to the blood system.

      July 11, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • n2it

      Agreed banasy, they do vary considerably. When my fiancee gets on her period it just hobbles her for several days. She has an ongoing doctor's excuse to miss work during those times. Back to the topic, I hope this beautiful athlete prospers in her sport.

      July 12, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
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