Hope Solo Not Handling 'Dancing With The Stars' Elimination Well

November 16, 2011 By:
Hope Solo Not Handling 'Dancing With The Stars' Elimination Well

Rob Kardashian, Ricki Lake and J.R. Martinez secured their places in the finale on Tuesday night's episode of Dancing With The Stars. Hope Solo, on the other hand, was eliminated along with her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

And apparently, she's not handling the rejection very well. It can't feel good to get beat out by a Kardashian.

When it was announced Solo would be going home, she told Tom Bergeron she was thankful she had the opportunity to be a part of the ABC talent show.

"This competition is one of the toughest competitions I've ever been a part of," Solo said. "It was an amazing opportunity. We have the most amazing fan base and instead of the winning the mirrorball trophy, I'm going to try to win a gold medal this summer at the Olympics."

Yeah, an Olympic gold medal is my backup plan, too.

Solo had nothing but nice things to say about her controversial partner. She said of Chmerkovskiy:

"Maks put so much into [our Monday night] Argentine tango and it's something to be proud of. He basically broke his body picking me up and teaching me how to do this dance, and I pulled muscles doing it. It wasn't easy," she continued. "To come out with [scores of] 8's, I was like, there's no other couple here who can do what we just did!"

While she kept a positive attitude in front of the camera, she apparently lost it later. While Solo did do one TV interview after the show, she then refused all other press opportunities, and, according to an eyewitness, burst into tears.

So what did Hope's costars have to say about her performances on Dancing With The Stars?

"I love them! They were on my team paso and we did so well with that," Ricki Lake says of both Solo and Chermovskiy. "I think they're both great people. I think she did great. She came so far and I now like soccer. I never knew anything about it, but now I'm rooting for my goalie Hope Solo!"

Martinez added: "Hope did a great job this season. She surprised herself, she surprised all of us and she surprised America. I'm sure she's proud of herself."

But Karina Smirnoff had a perspective that was a little harsher:

"As much as we don't want anyone to go home, we're kind of really glad we made the final!"