Aug 15, 2012 12:32 PM EDT
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U.S. Olympic soccer champion Hope Solo made an appearance on the "Today" show on Tuesday, Aug.14, to promote the release of her memoir "Solo: A Memoir of Hope."
She sat down with the morning show less than a week after she helped the U.S. Olympic women's soccer team win a gold medal.
"The process of writing the book wasn't easy," she told "Today" news anchor Savanna Guthrie. "It felt like I was going to counseling sessions every day when I sat down with my [ghostwriter]....it was hard process to go through."
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The 31-year-old later put a positive spin on the writing process and her future.
"I sit here with you wearing my gold medal so I do believe in happiness. I do believe in life's moments. But not everything is going to be perfect," Solo said. "I think I have a really good outlook on that, and I know that life isn't always easy and I accept that. And I think that enables me to live life to the fullest. And I'm proud of that, but I believe in happy moments. I just don't think that it's all going to be perfect."
In their report, ESPN revealed details from Solo's memoir. There are tidbits about being conceived during her mother's conjugal visit to her father while he was in prison, and dealing with the loss of her father two months before her 2007 World Cup match against Brazil. She even acknowledged in the book her rocky relationship with the coach that benched her during the World Cup game, leading to her team's loss.
Solo is also releasing an e-book version of the memoir that will offer more than the print hardcover edition of the book, which was available for purchase starting Tuesday. The e-book will include details of her life during the London Games that ended Aug. 12, and why U.S. Olympic soccer coach Pia Sundhage asked her to delay the book's release until after the Olympics.
In April, the Washington- native bought a mansion near Seattle for $1.2 million, according to Zillow. However, the gold medalist has not spent much time there since its purchase because she had been practicing for the Games. The website posted exclusive pictures of Solo's dream home overlooking Lake Washington that she will finally get to enjoy when she completes her book's press tour.
The 5,330 square feet house has four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a sports court, pool, hot tub and cabana.
Solo made headlines prior to the Summer Olympics after a urine test revealed a banned substance was in her system. She received a public warning from the Anti-Doping Agency and was allowed to participate in the Games after proving that the substance was part of her pre-menstrual medication.
She played soccer at the University of Washington before becoming a professional goalkeeper for the Seattle Sounders Women's team. She has played for both the U.S. Women's National and Olympic soccer teams.
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