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. Hil

    Can't help but think if USADA had a better reputation themselves (and less prone to drama) stuff like this wouldn't end with instant tarnishing of someone's reputation over an open and shut case. She was willing to let her medical information be made public, which is commendable since public humiliation seems to be their preferred form of punishment, but the end result is being turned over to the justice of public opinion and Joe Schmoe, MD. You grab the pitchfork, I'll get the tar. Thank god the media gets to make some money off it and the USADA gets some face time, right?

    July 11, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. OrtegaM

    Google Chanca Piedra! I would imagine it can be used as a mask. Chanca Piedra is very good for relxing the urinary tract system. ... It's a diuretic and reduces systolic blood pressure and blood glucose in diabetic patients.

    July 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. translator

    I get so tired of reading about junkie athletes in the news, as if this really was news! Anybody with half a brain knows that ALL professional and olympic athletes are on drugs, just not all get caught. How is this news?

    July 11, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Locke

    "The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says it accepts Solo’s explanation." And hopefully, that is the end of this story. Thousands of young female athletes see her as a beacon in the distance, an aimpoint for their own list of goals. I will say a prayer that she continues to stand tall...

    July 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Klaark

    Let them 'roid up. If you want to trash your body for sports fame, I don't see much difference between that and trashing it down at McDonald's for no fame at all.

    July 11, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Canoosh

    She's hot, therefore she shouldn't be held to the same standard as the rest of us. The Olympics will be better with her in it. Leave it alone.

    July 12, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Antonio

    She got caught and now they will watch her closer.

    For those that think drugs would not help her in her capacity, you don't know the sport. She needs to be in great shape to make the defense moves she is known for.

    Those that typically use enhancement drugs on the soccer field are the forwards and the goalkeeper. Read about it. The process is to take the drugs at night and drink Chanca.

    I have read the comments about Chanca Piedra. This information is true. It can mask drugs. Read about it. It cleans your blood and every organ in your body. The DEA, FBI and other agencies know this stuff works. It costs fifty cents to make the tea for 2 liters.

    The great thing about Chanca is that it does not conflict with any known drugs. Eli Lilly and Purdue University have researched this plant. Other companies with they could patent the chemicals the plant produce. Read about it.

    July 12, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. bob

    They caught her! Look at the interviews and check out the body structure. Compare the dates of the interviews! Her body grew dramatically. It is toned a little too much for normal workouts. Learn about how the drugs work and where they work on your body. Most of the guys and the girls at the gym agree...she is using drugs!

    July 12, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Marlena

      The still photos of her indicate that she is a good candidate for drug use. Review the photos taken in the last 2 years Her body has changed too much too fast for normal workouts. Yeah, the girls at our gym thinks she uses. To say that she doesn't know!!! That is BS. Everybody knows what are in the pill they take if they are pros in athletics. She is a liar!

      It is a joke that people believe that she didn't know. This isn't the first time this drug has been in the news. She knew the chemicals in it. It is normal for a person to want to make a better body and make it perform better than other bodies.

      She wouldn't pass a polygraph!

      July 12, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • melvinslizard

      A diuretic would not lead to building muscle mass. Fail.

      July 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sue

    Liar. Look at her! Like the other comments state...compare her.

    All pros know which drugs contain the chemicals to enhance...duh...She was just late drinking the Chanca because it does work. And there isn't a drug test to detect Chanca. Everyone at my gym is aware of Chanca Piedra.

    July 12, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jan

    She is 30 years old! She knew. She got caught.

    “I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic,” Solo said.

    This is a grow woman! She knows what drugs contain diuretics. Hello world. The drug data is available on the internet Miss Solo! Honey you are not 14 anymore, you have no excuses anymore.

    July 12, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Golyadkin

      Not everyone checks every single ingredient in every medication they take before taking it.

      July 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom LI

      BS! Accusations like this are so easy. Do YOU read the fine print – and Ido mean fine – of the drugs you may take?

      One would expect the Doctor of an athlete to not prescribe or at least warn their patient about such ingredients...! But we know that Doctors can be as clueless about such things too!

      The self-righteousness and hypocrisy that so many Americans exhibit about athletes and celebrities is astounding considering how undisciplined most Americans are about most of their own lives...!

      You'd be crying like a baby if you were tested at work and something popped up that was a prescribed medication and got you caught !

      July 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • bettysue

      She knew. Ask around the gym. The girls and guys know. This is not the first time this PMS drug has been issued and reported. Google it. Two runners were caught taking a PMS drug that contained this chemical.

      July 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bettysue

    Yes! I didn't know...duh.

    She is 30 years old. She wants to go out with another feather in her little hat. She has to be good to get the endorsements. The better she is the more she can charge for endorsements. She will do what she can to make her body perform.

    It's all about the money she is making and she wants to make more.

    Think about it. She's 30 and wants a more expensive BMW. She can't play "innocent" baby for much longer.

    July 12, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dion Green

    so there is a urine dilutant in premenstral medication? yea right. she has a history anyway...she did that stuff.

    July 12, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. timex

    If the USADA is warning her because they found Canrenone in her system and the problem with Canrenone is that it's a diuretic, them why don't they get on the athletes cases who test positive for other diuretics such as alcohol and caffeine? Especially if Canrenone is a common ingredient in typical pre menstrual medication.

    July 12, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. tom LI

    Love it – not – when non-athletes comment on the bodies of athletes that change over the course of a few years. Just because an athletes body changes over a few years time doesnt mean drugs are used. Especially when they are moving from a late teen, and or an early 20-something body to an older one...its normal to see the musculature change during these years when the athlete changes their training approaches to deal with higher-levels of play, and/or a change in focus of their career. Especially women who start to lean towards the modeling Money they can earn.

    Couch potatoes and ignorant Gym rats and Athlete Wannabes need to shut up on the subject – you dont know a damn thing about true athletic training...and the changes someone truly dedicated to their sport can make without drugs.! I'm 49 and in less than 2 years I have completely changed my appearance with a shift in training methods and nutrition and all without drugs – or supplements! But its hard work- something most people wont ever try !!!

    July 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      You don't train!

      July 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. beelzabarber

    premenstrual meds? Hell! let her stay on the drugs. A goalie with PMS could be the tournament MVP. USA! USA!

    July 12, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
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