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Here's Why Hope Solo's Being Trolled With "Zika Virus" Chants


United States soccer's goalkeeper, Hope Solo, is having a bit of a rough time lately.

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The 35-year-old and two-time Olympic gold medalist stirred up Brazilians a few weeks ago when she shared her anti-Zika virus regime on Twitter just weeks before the Rio Olympics.

Not sharing this!!! Get your own! #zikaproof #RoadToRio

See, a lot of people weren't all that impressed with Solo's Olympics travel prep for the Zika virus outbreak.

If anyone in the village forgets to pack repellent, come and see me...#DeptOfDefense #zikaproof

Solo wasn't even going to come to Rio back in February, citing her fear of contracting the virus. She changed her mind in May, but said she'd be spending a lot of time locked up in her room.

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Since the tweets, pretty much everything Solo does on social media is hounded by people wishing Zika upon her. Literally people are just commenting the word "ZIKA" repetitively or using bug emojis.

Solo has also been absolutely hounded by Brazilian soccer fans at each of the United States' women's soccer team's games. Like, they scream "ZIKA" every time she kicks a ball.

And while the jeering may ~sound~ intense, Solo doesn't seem that bothered.

“I did know they were booing, but it doesn’t affect me,” Solo told Sports Illustrated. “I came here to do one thing, and that’s to help our team win, our country win. And I’m very focused in doing that.

"I wish people would understand that I did my due diligence before coming to Brazil. It was a personal decision I had to make alongside my husband. And it’s not something I just spoke about without getting educated on. It was something very serious to me because I do want to start a family."

The United States beat France 1-0 on Saturday. And Solo has yet to concede a goal at the Rio Olympics.

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