Former U.S. Olympic Runner Suzy Favor Hamilton Admits To Being High-Class Escort
Three-time U.S. Olympic middle-distance runner Suzy Favor Hamilton, 44, who was a runner for the Team U.S. in the 1990s and famously admitted after the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games that she purposely fell in the 1500m event when she realized she could not win, is making headlines again — this time for her personal life.
Favor Hamilton has been working as a high-class escort for the past year under the alias Kelly Lundy, charging clients $600 an hour for her time, she told The Smoking Gun.
She is also married to her college sweetheart, Mark, a lawyer with whom she has a daughter, 7. "I take full responsibility for my mistakes," Favor Hamilton told the website. "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.”
Favor Hamilton was also working as a real estate agent and a motivational speaker at the time. And, to make the story even stranger, her husband reportedly knew about her additional moneymaking endeavor. "He tried, he tried to get me to stop," she said. "He wasn't supportive of this at all."
Favor Hamilton also talked about the tragic suicide of her brother in 1999, the year before she intentionally tumbled at Sydney, her battle with postpartum depression five years later, after the birth of her daughter, and her struggle with an eating disorder.
After the article revealing Favor Hamilton's sordid past came to light, she took to Twitter to explain herself to her fans. "I realize I have made highly irrational choices and I take full responsibility for them," she wrote. “I am not a victim here and knew what I was doing.”
She later added, "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."
Favor Hamilton also assured those close to her that she was getting help. "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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