Wednesday, August 22, 2012

If Han Solo and Princess Leia had a daughter, she'd probably be a lot like Hope Solo.

As the title of this post clearly indicates, I've probably watched Star Wars more than is socially acceptable (the old ones, of course).
Moving on...
Hope Solo seems exactly like the kind of person who would be raised by Han Solo and Princess Leia. (Would that make Leia Mrs. Solo? Leia Skywalker? I don't really see her taking her husband's name, but she might given that Han had thought she had a thing for her own twin brother Luke...)
Well, first of all, there's her name: Hope. As in the original movie.
More to the point, she's confident, independent, outspoken, and fierce. If either Han or Leia played soccer, who's to say they wouldn't play goal? It's a position for fearless people perfectly happy to handle pressure and their enemies alone (alone as in solo).
She hasn't been afraid to challenge coaching decisions to the media (namely, being benched in favor of Brianna Scurry in 2007) or push back on comments by women's soccer legend Brandi Chastain. That's the same kind of fiery spirit Han and Leia show when defying Jabba the Hutt and Darth Vader, respectively. Sure it got them in hot water temporarily (Solo's media persona was well established by the time she challenged Chastain, but 2007 was a tense time), but ultimately they all stuck to their guns (literally, in Han and Leia's case), and it paid off in the end either with an Olympic Gold Medal or with the downfall of the Empire.
If you find Luke Skywalker's heir apparent, let me know.

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