Hope Solo Was Exaggerating, May Still Be Awesome

So about that whole Hope Solo drunk on the Today Show thing. It's a fun soundbite, and she was certainly candid about her Olympic experience. But there's a small problem: She's probably exaggerating just a little bit.

The U.S Women's National Team won gold on Aug. 21, 2008, defeating Brazil in the Olympic Finals. The game took place at 9 a.m. ET, or 9 p.m. local time in Beijing -- it's 12 hours ahead of the east coast of the United States. A little over two hours later, around 11 p.m. local time in Beijing, the U.S. Women's National Team secured the gold medal.

And then they all got hammered, Solo said.

The best part, according to Solo? "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. Needless to say, we looked like hell."

There's a small problem with this. The team appeared on the Aug. 22 Today Show in the 7 o'clock hour. But the show was being filmed on location in Beijing, meaning they actually appeared around 7 p.m. local time, some 18 hours after winning gold. Keep in mind, they also had media obligations following the gold medal match.

That means one of two things: Solo was telling a tall tale about the whole drinking thing or the whole team got hammered all day, never slept and showed up to the 7 p.m. show still wasted. You can make the call, but the latter would be pretty awesome.

And considering the things that go on in Olympic Villages every four years, it wouldn't be surprising at all if the gold medal winners spent the day getting ham. The lesson here: The Olympics are awesome, even if Solo was stretching the truth a bit.

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