Put the weeks of rumors to rest, folks.
Hope Solo, one of the stars of this summer's United States women's soccer team, will be Maksim Chmerkovskiy's partner for Season 13 of "Dancing with the Stars." Confirmation of Solo signing on for the show backed up rabid speculation the American goalkeeper would trade her cleats for stilettos and participate on the immensely popular ABC television hit.
For Chmerkovskiy, linking up with Solo was precisely what the Ukranian-born dancing professional wanted. Chmerkovskiy, the best "DWTS" pro yet to raise the covered Mirror Ball trophy, made it well known earlier this summer his desire to be paired with the soccer icon.
According to a People magazine report, when Chmerkovskiy was asked whom his dream partner would be at the 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles, the fan favorite needed two words to sum up his thoughts.
"Hope Solo!" Chmerkovskiy reportedly shouted.
Chmerkovskiy proceeded to go on about Solo, saying: "Let's do it! I want somebody hot, I want somebody exciting, somebody passionate, and I'll do the rest."
Solo recently made news when she revealed she would be posing nude in ESPN Magazine's "Body Issue," an annual issue featuring athletes from both sexes posing in the buff to show off their physiques.
Chmerkovskiy and Solo should be one of the favorites in this season's competition, which starts September 19 on ABC. We will be releasing our personal odds for all contestants, as well as the odds posted by Johnny Aviello at the Wynn Las Vegas sports book.
- Jeremy Pond, Publisher