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Think Pamela Anderson is second-guessing last night's Dancing With the Stars results?

Soccer star Hope Solo, never one to mince words, claims DWTS is rigged, citing occurrences during her stint on the show that "prove" producers, not voters, call the shots.

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The 31-year-old, who partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy en route to a fourth-place finish, says they received a "secret memo" that revealed they would be ousted several weeks earlier.

Hope writes in her recently-released memoir:

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Hope Solo claims in her new memoir, Solo: A Memoir of Hope, that Maksim Chmerkovskiy slapped her across the face on Dancing With the Stars in 2011.

Maksim is reportedly adamant that this did NOT occur and shocked that the slap story somehow made it into the U.S. women's soccer team goaltender's book.

In it, she says Chmerkovskiy slapped her hard during a tense rehearsal while trying to put her head in the correct position for a dancing move. You buy it?

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The two were partners who famously clashed on the show, but this was mostly attributed at the time to them each being intense competitors and athletes.

They've had dinner several times since the show, and she tweeted to Maks before the Olympics, offering him free tickets (Hope led the U.S. to gold, as usual).

Maks says he has no idea why Hope would publish such a false, defamatory statement and posted a statement on Twitter Thursday without naming names:

“Always hated hypocrites and liars… but when someone is both AND an opportunist, I just feel bad for them. Can’t win at someone’s expense,” he wrote.

Is it possible that she exaggerated an incident for her book just to make splashy headlines? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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U.S. soccer all-star Hope Solo gets a lot of press for her off-field antics and comments, but the goaltender always performs when it counts.

The U.S. won the women's soccer gold medal and would not have done so without the best goalie on the planet - just ask Solo's teammates.

"You can't go without saying that Hope saved the day," U.S. forward Abby Wambach said. "Literally. Five times." Here's one of those times:

All the interviews, candid remarks and Twitter rants against Brandi Chastain can't take away from the fact that Hope saved the Americans yesterday.

Carli Lloyd scored early in both halves, putting America up 2-0. But Japan closed to within 2-1, and had a chance to tie in the waning moments.

Hope shut the door on them, though, as she has countless times before in her career. Watch her last, and best, save of the match right here:

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Brandi Chastain has responded to Hope Solo's Twitter criticism of her recent commentary for ESPN, defending her comments as part of the job.

Chastain, who rose to fame during Team USA's 1999 World Cup win, pissed off Hope with her critique of America's performance at the Olympics.

Specifically, Chastain said defender Buehler actually needs to improve on her defense, a comment she stands by as both objective and honest.

Brandi and Hope

Chastain said in a statement: "My only comment is I am in London to cover women's soccer for NBC in an honest and objective fashion, and that is what I have done, and will continue to do for the rest of the tournament."

Solo, who turned 31 yesterday, said "it's too bad we can't have commentators who know more about the game" and told Brandi to "lay off commentating about defending and goalkeeping until you get more educated."

If Solo's comments have been any distraction to the team, you wouldn't know it. They're on the verge of beating North Korea to improve to 3-0.

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It's likely just an afterthought for her as she tries to help lead the U.S. to Olympic gold, but soccer star Hope Solo turns 31 today. Happy birthday to the goalie!

If Hope's Twitter feud with Brandi Chastain has distracted the squad at all, you wouldn't know it; the Americans are 2-0 after blanking Colombia Saturday in London.

Solo met with coaches over her Twitter comments, but isn't expected to face disciplinary action. Here's hoping she and the team keep their eyes on the prize!

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One of the best-known U.S. soccer stars since ... well, Chastain and Mia Hamm, Solo has found herself in the news frequently over the years, on and off the field.

Hope lit up the parquet on Dancing with the Stars with Maksim Chmerkovskiy and posed nude in the annual ESPN the Magazine body issue.

She publicly criticized her coach in '07 for using another goalkeeper, and was recently given a warning for failing a drug test which found a banned substance.

Hope said it was due to premenstrual medication she takes and was cleared for the Olympics, where she says a lot of extracurricular activity goes on at night.

Here's wishing her the best in tomorrow's contest against North Korea - and a happy birthday as well! Don't party too hard in the village tonight, Hope ...

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Remember that whole Olympic spirit thing? Someone should tell Hope Solo about it.

The U.S. Soccer Team's starting goalie may have been responsible for a shutout against against Colombia yesterday, but the former Dancing with the Stars contestant didn't celebrate much afterward.

She slammed former World Cup hero Brandi Chastain instead.

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Displeased with Chastain's analysis as an announcer, specifically her criticism of defender Rachel Buehler, Solo went off on a multiple-part Twitter rant against the retired player:

  • "Its 2 bad we cant have commentators who better represents the team&knows more about the game."
  • "Lay off commentating about defending and gking until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago.
  • "I feel bad 4 our fans that have 2 push mute."

Chastain is best known for nailing the World Cup-winning shootout kick against China in 1999. She's played in 192 international teams for her country and did not respond to these taunts.

Solo, meanwhile, is unafraid to speak her mind. Earlier this month, she detailed the significant amount of sex that went on in the Olympic Village four years ago.

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Hope Solo of the U.S. soccer team says that the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing were filled with drinking, revelry and sex ... off the field of course.

Before she packs her bags to head to London for the 2012 Olympics next week, the star revealed some sizzling secrets from the 2008 Beijing games.

Solo failed a drug test recently but was let off with a warning and will compete in London. She told the newest issue of ESPN The Magazine:

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After topping Brazil 1-0 to take the gold, the post-match celebration was so raucous that they were still drunk during an interview the next morning.

"When we were done partying, we got out of our nice dresses, got back into our stadium coats and, with no sleep, went on the Today show drunk," she says.

Still inebriated, she answered a question: "There is no pressure going into the game, other than it being a World Cup - I mean an … an Olympic Final!"

It wasn't just sports stars who enjoyed a night on the town in the Chinese city, as the soccer team was joined on their all-night bender by Vince Vaughn.

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Star U.S. soccer goalie Hope Solo failed a drug test recently, but was let off with a warning after claiming she had no idea a prescription drug she took for "pre-menstrual purposes" contained a diuretic on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list.

She will be eligible to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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"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 the medication did not enhance my performance in any way," Solo said.

A sample of Solo's urine collected June 15 tested positive for canrenone, a prohibited diuretic. But when Hope's prescribed medication was found to contain canrenone in therapeutic doses, she was given a public warning, not a suspension.

"As someone who believes in clean sport, I'm 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," the Dancing With the Stars alum said.

Solo is one of 14 American athletes to receive a sanction under United States Olympic Committee's anti-doping policies this year, according to the USADA.

She is one of only three athletes to avoid suspension as a result.

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Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy made it all the way to the semifinals before being eliminated on Tuesday evening's Dancing With the Stars results show.

But instead of going out on a high note, did the soccer star and her mercurial pro partner demonstrate the bad attitude they've been accused of in the past?

Certainly not in the immediate aftermath of their elimination, when they were gracious to one another and to their fans before their last dance of the season:

In the last nine weeks, the pair weren't the first or only couple to be criticized by the judges, but they were the ones who made it into a controversial issue.

Starting with Chmerkovskiy lashing out at Len Goodman, the couple's combative ways - with each other and the judges - was a continual thing all season.

In a video recap of Monday's performances, Solo complained about her scores: "Sevens? The same thing I got in week one. Kiss my booty," she said.

"The scores at this point, the judges at this point mean nothing."

The pair were also overheard swearing about the judges as they awaited their second set of scores during Monday's performances: "F--- 'em," they said.

Hope then reportedly refused all interviews after the program.

What do you think? Did their attitude and competitive ways actually hurt them this season, with the judges and with fans? And are you sad they're gone?

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Hope Solo is a tough-as-nails competitor. That much is obvious.

Sadly, that alone isn't likely to carry her to the Mirror Ball trophy.

Monday night on Dancing With the Stars, we learned she has shoulder pain from a tear she suffered at some point, and needed a huge shot just to get on the floor.

J.R. Martinez also battled through an injury last night, but Hope's grit failed to impress the judges, who remarked that she's "lost finesse" and needed "artistry."

Later, her fierce Argentine tango was much stronger, but in the cha-cha relay, a last place finish and total of just four points put another dent in Hope's hopes.

Any chance Hope survives tonight's results show? You tell us:

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