US Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton Reveals Shocking Secret Life as Las Vegas Escort

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 20, 2012

Photo Credit: The Northwestern
Photo Credit: The Northwestern

Suzy Favor Hamilton is a former Olympian, motivational speaker, wife and mother. Recently, she revealed that she was also a Las Vegas escort. 

The Smoking Gun (h/t BuzzFeed) reports on the bizarre tale of an extremely talented athlete who competed in three Olympics and subsequently went on to a formidable career as a motivational speaker who was also a call girl. 

Favor Hamilton delves into a spectacular tale you really wouldn't believe considering what many know of the former athlete. 

The 44-year-old, per the report, was merely a motivational speaker many knew from her trials at the Summer Games in 1992, 1996 and 2000, as well as a famous Nike commercial you can see below.

What they didn't know, and what was only knowledge to her husband and 44-year-old lawyer, was that she was also leading a double life as a $600-an-hour Las Vegas escort for Haley Heston’s Private Collection. 

While going by the work name "Kelly," Favor Hamilton would sometimes divulge to her clients who she really was, a mistake that cost her the anonymity as a call girl she once treasured. 

Now she would like everyone to know that she takes full responsibility going forward, saying:

I take full responsibility for my mistakes. I’m not the victim and I’m not going that route. I’m owning up to what I did. I would not blame anybody except myself. Everybody in this world makes mistakes. I made a huge mistake. Huge.

Of course, the questions are numerous. A woman with a seven-year-old daughter who was also one of the best track stars to come out of the Big Ten—who also competed in the Summer Games for her country—was taking on a double life when it seems the one she already had was beyond charmed. 

That would be to put things far too simply. 

While the report issues she and her husband lived in a $600,000 house and had no financial difficulties of which to speak, Favor Hamilton gave a bit of insight into her decisions. 

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.

With the usual feelings of invincibility that a great number of world-class athletes share, she dove into a world that was sensational, exotic and a respite from the one she had at home. 

She has since tried to clear things up on Twitter. 

Amid myriad tweets, there is this one about depression.

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.

— Suzy Favor Hamilton (@favorhamilton) December 20, 2012

And this one to further her apology.

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

— Suzy Favor Hamilton (@favorhamilton) December 20, 2012

Favor Hamilton is not trying to make excuses or pass any buck as to why she did what she did.

If we can learn anything from her honesty and candor at this point, it's that a great many athletes and stars we appreciate from afar have issues they are dealing with up close. 

That we never see them hardly negates their reality. 

Favor Hamilton was a world-class athlete, but she is also a human being. I think we can all agree that the latter is prone to a great deal of mistakes.


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