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Solo danced around the pressure she’s feeling to perform well, but Cheney has picked up an edge of anxiety in her voice. Solo may be focusing on soccer this week, but …

“I think it’s starting to make her nervous,” Cheney said. “You can hear it when she talks.”

Solo certainly can’t hide the competitive streak that runs through her.

Rather than say she’s “rehearsing,” she calls it “training.” And she freely admits that anything worth doing is worth winning, whether that means getting her hands on a World Cup trophy, Olympic gold medal or a shiny disco ball that goes to the winner of a dance contest.

“Everything I do, I do to the best of my ability, and at the end of the day, it’s competition,” Solo said. “Yeah, it’s dancing, and it’s not my cup of tea, but I’m very intense and pretty passionate about wanting to do the best I can.”