By Maureen Callahan. Then, on Dec. Of course, after a flaying by the media and the requisite loss of sponsorships, she got a book deal. I paused to let him admire me. Favor Hamilton, now 47, was born in Stevens Point, Wis. She led a comfortable, middle-class existence and displayed a talent for running at just 9 years old. By high school, she was training for the Olympics. One night, before an important regional race, Favor Hamilton was baby-sitting for a family friend. Favor Hamilton attended the University of Wisconsin on a full running scholarship, and there she met her future husband, Mark Hamilton, a freshman pitcher.
By the time they graduated, Mark had switched to law, and Suzy had a six-year, five-figure contract with Reebok. By the spring of , as she was going into the Olympic trials, she had been written up not just in Olympian magazine but Vogue, Elle and Rolling Stone.
She loved the attention. For reasons she does not entirely explain, Favor Hamilton became estranged from her entire family. She concedes running was a way of escaping tensions at home, especially from her older brother Dan, who struggled with bipolar disorder. She never acknowledged the toll her running took on her siblings, nor did she care.
In , Dan killed himself, jumping off a nine-story building. After his funeral, she hopped on a plane to make a promotional appearance in Albany rather than gather with her family. Her sisters cut her out of their lives. Favor Hamilton competed in the , and Olympics but never medaled. She became most famous for her last Olympic race, when she faked an injury on the track. AP She fell into a depression. In , she got pregnant with their daughter, Kylie. But Favor Hamilton was bored and her husband annoyed by her entitlement.
To alleviate the strain in their marriage, Favor Hamilton suggested celebrating their 20th anniversary with a threesome in Las Vegas. He was dubious. For Favor Hamilton, life with her husband and daughter in the Midwest was never going to be enough. She longed to be in Vegas, earning thousands of dollars, being paid for sex by rich and powerful men.
One week after their trip, Favor Hamilton told Mark she was going back to Vegas, alone. She said she wanted to hire a male escort. Favor Hamilton could also be callous and cruel. After having a threesome with a male escort named Sebastian and his cousin, she called Mark at home.
He used to play basketball in college. Within a month, Favor Hamilton was consumed with her new life in Vegas. She wanted more of that. Bridget took her on. She would get 20 percent of everything Favor Hamilton made and had a client list full of celebrities and pro athletes — although Favor Hamilton seems to have slept only with businessmen. On one of her first jobs, Bridget took Favor Hamilton to a hotel suite with two clients — a man named Paul and his unnamed friend.
The athlete in Favor Hamilton competed with other prostitutes. She obsessively checked her ranking on Erotic Review, the Yelp of hooking. She was quickly ranked No. Just a few months in, Favor Hamilton had all but abandoned her husband and child. And, of course, there was the sex. She would travel to clients, or use business trips — such as a September appearance at the Disney Exhibit Hall — as opportunities for rendezvous.
When her daughter called her in Vegas, Favor Hamilton was annoyed. I needed a glass of wine and some of that Vegas glamour to feel like Kelly again. Favor Hamilton was picking up men on her own when she had a free hour or two between scheduled clients and specialized in threesomes.
Her behavior was becoming wilder: She had sex in broad daylight on a golf course twice with one client. On Aug. By September, she was living in Vegas full time. Mark and Kylie had to come to her. On one visit — when Favor Hamilton was appearing at a marathon event as Suzy — she pulled her little girl onstage to dance with her.
Then came the night in December when a reporter showed up in Vegas. It was over, and she had a huge fight with Mark, their daughter, then 7, present. Incredibly — and Favor Hamilton never says why — Mark has stayed with her. Read Next. See Odds This story has been shared 72, times. This story has been shared 71, times. This story has been shared 31, times. View author archive email the author Get author RSS feed. Name required. Email required. Comment required. Enlarge Image. What do you do? Suzy Favor Hamilton in an escort web ad. Favor Hamilton persuaded him to go along.
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