But the standout goalkeeper is sure the public will know the real Solo after reading her autobiography, which is scheduled to be released next month, The Associated Press reports.
"People think I'm an open book," Solo said. "People know nothing about me. They will know more about me on Aug. 14."
Solo and her teammates are in London preparing for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. The U.S. is among the favorites to win the gold medal, having done so in 2004 and 2008. Their title defense begins on Wednesday with the Group G opener against France.
The release date for Solo's tell-all autobiography is timed to capitalize on the inevitable attention that the Olympics bring to participants. This year's summer games end on Aug. 12, meaning Solo and her national teammates should be in the public eye when the book comes out.
Solo has been a publicity magnet in recent weeks, as a number of high-profile incidents and comments have kept her name in the headlines. Earlier this month, she received a public warning from the USADA after testing positive for a banned substance, and that was just the start.
She followed that up by lifting the lid on some of the shenanigans that take place in the Olympic Village. Solo said that there is a lot of sex among athletes and celebrities that party in and around the temporary residence.
In 2008, Solo and her teammates appeared on the Today Show the day after winning the gold medal. The 30-year-old recently admitted that the team partied into the wee hours of the morning and performed the interview while still drunk.
Although she has made a lot of news lately, Solo says things that may distract others often help her focus on the task at hand.
"All my life, since the time I was little, has been a long distraction," Solo said. "At least that is the way some people want to perceive it. But for me, it's given me a lot of strength, it's given me a lot of fortitude, a lot of challenges that have given me the opportunity to really cut out those outside distractions. … You fast forward to after the World Cup and we're talking challenges like Hollywood and challenges like a dance show and all these can be perceived as distractions to certain athletes, but all my life I have been able to handle them and it only gives me that extra fight to keep pushing and prove everybody wrong so, trust me, I am OK with the challenge."
Solo plans to candidly discuss lesser known aspects of her life in the upcoming book. Readers will learn how her parents' bouts with alcoholism and homelessness have helped shape her life and career.
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