BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — Hope Solo is blaming the American media for spreading fear about the Zika virus and other problems ahead of the Rio Games.
Hoping to lead the U.S. team to its fourth straight gold medal, Solo had expressed her own concerns before the Olympics.
"We haven't made it to Rio yet, and I have no idea what to expect in Rio, but it's been beautiful here," Solo said Monday. "It's a little bit unfortunate because I think the American media has been really tough on people of Brazil. I feel a little bit bad because when you come here you learn for yourself."
Solo, in her third Olympics, said it seemed problems in Brazil were being blown out of proportion by media in America.
"You look back in 2004 in Greece, and the same thing there, bad publicity surrounding the Games, and China as well," she said. "I don't know why, but we like to sensationalize everything and scare people and then when the Games go on, everything goes on as planned, ends up being a beautiful tournament. And I expect no less here."
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