Hope Solo To Speak At Global Sports Forum Barcelona 2012

February 23, 2012

Celebrated US Soccer goalkeeper joins Eric Cantona and Oscar Pistorius amongst distinguished line-up of speakers

Global Sports Forum Barcelona (GSFB), the world’s leading exchange platform for sport, has today announced that Hope Solo will take part in the 4th edition of the annual Forum, 7 – 9 March, 2012 – www.globalsportsforum.org

Hope Solo is widely considered to be the best female goalkeeper in the world and has been the starter for the United States Women’s National Team since 2005. At the 2011 World Cup, Hope was awarded the “Golden Glove” by FIFA as the tournament’s top goalkeeper, as well as the “Bronze Ball” award for her overall performance to help USA reach the final.

After delivering such a strong performance at the FIFA World Cup In 2011, Hope appeared on the hit US TV programme ‘Dancing with the stars’, making it all the way through to the show’s semi-final. It is this growing trend of top sports stars crossing into mainstream entertainment that she will be discussing at the GSFB, where she joins a panel discussion on “Sport and Entertainment: Bridging the Gap”.

Hope will be joined on the panel by Emmanuel Seuge, Head of Global Sports and Entertainment Marketing at The Coca-Cola Company and Bruno Schwobthaler, Senior Vice President Sales & Business Development EMEA at Warner Brothers.

Lucien Boyer, President and CEO, Havas Sport & Entertainment and General Commissioner of the Global Sports Forum Barcelona, commented:

“I am delighted to announce that Hope Solo has joined the line-up in Barcelona for this new edition of the GSFB. 2011 was an exciting year for Hope, with such an impressive performance at the FIFA World Cup coupled with her involvement in the hit American TV show ‘Dancing with the Stars’. She will be able to give us a fascinating insight into how sport and entertainment can come hand in hand and I look forward to hearing from her next month. “

Hope Solo joins an inspiring line-up of speakers already confirmed to take part in the Forum, which provides a year-long community for people to debate the latest issues and share opinions on sport. ICC Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat, LOCOG Chairman, Sebastian Coe, FC Barcelona President, Sandro Rosell, YouTube’s Head of Sports Content, Claude Ruibal and many more are already confirmed to take part.

To download a full copy of the GSFB 2012 agenda, go to: http://www.globalsportsforum.org/wp-content/uploads/Agenda-2012.pdf

To register, go to: http://globalsportsforum.mediactive.fr and follow the on-screen registration instructions.