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Hope Solo: As of right now, I still wouldn't go to Olympics

Amid growing fears about the Zika virus and its impact on this summer’s Olympics in Brazil, U.S. Women’s National Team star Hope Solo reiterated that as of now she wouldn’t participate in the tournament.

“If things stood as they are right now, I probably wouldn’t go,” the goalkeeper told CBS This Morning on Thursday, following up on comments she made to Sports Illustrated earlier this month.

While Solo is apprehensive about the virus, which can result in microcephaly in newborn children, she wants to see how the situation develops before making a final decision.

“I feel very fortunate that I don’t have to make that decision today,” Solo said. “I hope that a lot of things can happen in five months. I’m a little bit skeptical, to be honest. News came out today that things could probably get worse before they get better. So it’s scary, and I have a lot of reservations about going to the Olympics, but like I said I don’t have to make that decision right now. There’s a lot of unknowns and I hope that we get some clear, concrete answers very soon.”

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Solo, 34, wants to have at least one child and is fearful of what may happen if she contracts the virus.

“I just think there’s a lot in life to worry about as it stands that, you know, at some point I do want to start a family,” she said. “And I don’t want to be worried. I don’t want those anxieties. I don’t want the constant tests. I don’t want to risk the safety of a child, the health of a child. It’s just a scary time and there’s really no clear answers to it. So until I know more, I don’t really feel like I can make a really informative decision.”

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Hope Solo would love for Team USA to win gold at the Olympics after winning the World Cup.Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Hope Solo would love for Team USA to win gold at the Olympics after winning the World Cup.

The entire national team is trying to gather information, Solo said, and some of her teammates don’t want to start families and thus may not have as much to worry about. The reigning World Cup champions do want to win a title for the second straight summer, she said.

“I think for the most part we’re all focused on winning the Olympics,” Solo said. “It’s never been done before after winning a World Cup, so first and foremost we want to be back-to-back champions. It’s never been done before, and I want to be a part of that.”

The goalie also discussed pushing for equality when asked about the U.S. women getting $ 2 million for winning the World Cup while the German men the year before raked in $ 35 million.

“It’s going to be a long road,” Solo said. “I’m very proud of — we had a great summer. We crushed the ratings. We had an incredible following worldwide, but it wasn’t enough to make people think things need to change. It opened peoples eyes up, but now we as a team have to take every single step along the way, whether it’s through our CBA negotiations, whether it’s standing strong as a team, and oftentimes that’s really hard to do as women because we tend to get bullied and we tend to crack under the pressure. So I’m proud of my team. I’m proud of all of us coming together and saying ‘You know what? This is a time that we need to push for equality and we need to push for what’s right,’ and people are paying attention.”

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