Hope Solo says she may be an Olympic athlete, but boy is she sore from performing on "Dancing with the Stars."
The 30-year-old starting goalkeeper for the United States women's soccer team, who took part in the 2008 Summer Olympics, and partner Maksim Chmerovskiy, 31, received a score of 27 out of 30 from the judges for their Quickstep, and 25 out of 30 for their Jive in week 8 of ABC's hit celebrity ballroom dancing series (read recap). The pair earned the second highest combined score of the night with a 52, placing them in a tie for second with past front-runners Ricki Lake and Derek Hough.
"I'm Hope Solo, I like pink and my legs are tired from dancing," Solo joked to OnTheRedCarpet.com after the performance. "I'm an Olympic athlete, and my legs are officially tired from dancing."
"So from week 1, when all you guys sat here and were like, 'Are you exhausted? Are you sore? Is your body tired? How much weight have you lost?' I was like, 'You guys are crazy, quit asking me these [questions], I'm an athlete. Finally, week 8, you know what? My legs wanted to die out there on the dance floor."
J.R. Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff soared above the rest with their Jive and their Waltz in week 8, earning the first perfect score of the season - not one, but two perfect scores of 30 out of 30.
"There's something sick inside of me that lives off of pressure," Solo added.
The five remaining pairs return on Tuesday, November 8 for an elimination episode, during which the eighth couple is expected to be sent packing.check for local TV listings).