Hope Solo Bursts Into Tears, Refuses All Press After DWTS Ouster
Hope Solo is a sore loser!
After the 30-year-old Olympic soccer star was eliminated from Dancing With the Stars Tuesday along with her pro partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, things went sour backstage as Solo processed her exit.
As Rob Kardashian, Ricki Lake and J.R. Martinez celebrated their places in the finale and spoke to media outlets -- including Us Weekly -- a dejected Solo did one TV interview, refused all other press opportunities and burst into tears, an eyewitness in the ballroom tells Us.
Prior to her outburst, Solo told DWTS host Tom Bergeron she was grateful for her time on the ABC series. "This competition is one of the toughest competitions I've ever been a part of," Solo said. "It was an amazing opportunity. We have the most amazing fan base and instead of the winning the mirrorball trophy, I'm going to try to win a gold medal this summer at the Olympics."
Solo also praised her outspoken partner Chmerkovskiy, even after he almost made her quit the show.
"Maks put so much into [our Monday night] Argentine tango and it's something to be proud of," she told Us after performing Monday. "He basically broke his body picking me up and teaching me how to do this dance, and I pulled muscles doing it. It wasn't easy," the athlete continued. "To come out with [scores of] 8's, I was like, there's no other couple here who can do what we just did!"
Dancing With the Stars' finale airs next Monday and Tuesday night on ABC.