Why Was This American Olympian Working As An Escort?

Suzy Favor Hamilton, a three-time Olympic track athlete, started working as a $600-an-hour escort in Las Vegas last December. posted on

Suzy Favor Hamilton competed in the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Olympic Games as a middle-distance runner and filmed this famous Nike commercial.

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Today, The Smoking Gun published an exposé of the 44-year-old motivational speaker, wife, and mother’s time spent as an escort in Las Vegas.

Favor Hamilton, who, along with her husband, runs a realty group in Madison, Wisconsin, had been working part-time as a $600-an-hour escort from last December until recently. In her conversations with The Smoking Gun, Favor Hamilton says she “made a huge mistake” and that she did her work as an escort, which her husband was aware of but against, because it was “exciting,” but not for monetary reasons.

Favor Hamilton has had the escort service she worked with, Hale Heston’s Private Collection, remove her photos and profile from their site, and told The Smoking Gun that she’s done with the practice, which is illegal in Las Vegas and the other locations she appears to have worked.

The story, which you can read in full here, is sensational and almost hard to believe, but also touches on enough internal turmoil — Favor Hamilton apparently struggled with depression and the suicide of her brother prior to the 2000 Sydney Olympics, in which she famously collapsed before the finish after it became clear she wouldn’t be able to medal — to ultimately read as a tragedy.

UPDATE: Favor Hamilton took to Twitter to offer an explanation.

I realize I have made highly irrational choices and I take full responsibility for them. I am not a victim here and knew what I was doing.

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.

I do not expect people to understand, but the reasons for doing this made sense to me at the time and were very much related to depression.

As crazy as I know it seems, I never thought I would be exposed, therefore never hurting anybody.

I have been seeking the help of a psychologist for the past few weeks and will continue to do so after I have put things together.

I cannot emphasize enough how sorry I am to anyone I have hurt as a result of my actions and greatly appreciate the support from family

and those closest to me. I fully intend to make amends and get back to being a good mother, wife, daughter, and friend.

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