Olympic Runner Suzy Favor Hamilton's Secret Life as an Escort, Exposed

The three-time Olympian has been working as a $600-a-night call girl for the last year, The Smoking Gun reports.

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Three-time Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton has been working as a $600-a-night call girl for the last year, The Smoking Gun reports. Favor Hamilton, who runs a real estate business and is married to a lawyer, admitted to having "made highly irrational choices" in a long apology on her Twitter feed not long after the story was posted. "I was drawn to escorting in large part because it provided many coping mechanisms for me when I was going through a very challenging… time with my marriage and my life. It provided an escape from a life that I was struggling in. It was a double life.," the Olympian said. Favor Hamilton, who went by "Kelly" while working across the country for the Las Vegas-based Haley Heston's Private Collection, told some of her clients about her real identity, and The Smoking Gun confronted her about her escort work in several cities earlier this month. After an initial denial, she admitted it.

Favor Hamilton lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and gives motivational speeches. Her daughter is 7 years old. Favor Hamilton told The Smoking Gun about her personal struggles:

Favor Hamilton told of suffering postpartum depression after her child’s 2005 birth and how she had been prescribed the antidepressant Zoloft, which has allowed her to “feel better than I’ve ever felt.” Additionally, she told reporter Gary D’Amato how her brother Dan committed suicide in 1999, a year before she ran for the gold medal in the 1500-meter final at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium. She led that race with 200 meters to go, but when other competitors began to pass her, Favor Hamilton recalled, she intentionally tumbled to the track, ashamed that she could not medal in honor of her late sibling.

Favor Hamilton referenced her athletic career when a reporter asked why she thought her identity could remain cloaked...  

Favor Hamilton answered that as a world-class athlete she was conditioned to believe she was invincible, and that doubts and concerns were counterproductive thoughts. During a subsequent conversation she brought up Tiger Woods’s tumultuous fall, saying that, “I mean, he’s the biggest athlete ever. He obviously thought he could never get caught.”

A photo of her fall at the 2000 Olympic Games is above at left.

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