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Suzy Favor Hamilton Outed as Vegas Call Girl

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This afternoon (December 20, 2012 to be exact), news broke that Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton — one of the biggest female sports stars to ever come out of Wisconsin — has admitted to working as a high-priced call girl for a shady Las Vegas outfit called Haley Heston’s Private Collection.

Here’s a link to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s story and a relevant quote:

Suzy Favor Hamilton, a three-time Olympian who capitalized on her wholesome image as an elite runner, mother and wife to land lucrative endorsement deals and motivational speaking engagements, has admitted to leading a double life for the last year as a high-priced call girl.

In a stunning confessional via her Twitter account, following a story published on, Favor Hamilton wrote that she 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.”

The 44-year-old Favor Hamilton, a Stevens Point native and former University of Wisconsin track star, admitted to working as “Kelly Lundy” with Haley Heston’s Private Collection, one of Las Vegas’ premier escort services, in the story.

“I do not expect people to understand,” she wrote on her Twitter account. “But the reasons for doing this made sense to me at the time and were very much related to depression.

“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.”

What troubles me here is not just that Favor Hamilton is a married woman with a seven-year-old child, though that’s bad enough.

Nope.  What bugs me is that Favor Hamilton is quoted as admitting that her husband “tried to get (her) to stop” and that he “wasn’t supportive of (her) need to do this at all.”

Which, mind you, is the way most husbands are likely to behave when it comes to thinking about their spouse being a paid escort who gave away the “full girlfriend experience” and was rated quite highly by The Erotic Review, which is called by the Smoking Gun article that the Journal-Sentinel references as “the Zagat guide of the escort business.”

So it seems that Suzy Favor Hamilton has more than a few problems here — she’s been working as an escort when she’s not destitute (her husband is employed, she owns a realty firm and they live in a $600,000 home), she’s been fighting depression for the past year or more and if her marriage isn’t in trouble because of all this, she must have the most supportive husband in the history of the universe.

While I have never understood the need for men or women to go outside their marriages, I do know that not everyone is meant to be monogamous.  So for those people who have admitted open marriages and the like, I made up my mind a long time ago not to judge them even though I freely admit that I don’t get it.

So the sex part of the equation isn’t what is so very troublesome, even though I don’t really understand what would drive a high-powered woman like Favor Hamilton to go outside her marriage and have a number of risky sexual encounters for money.

It’s the lack of trust issue that bothers me more.

Favor Hamilton is someone who’s had a squeaky clean image.  She’s had endorsement deals with Disney, various running firms, has been a model in more ways than one and has been someone female runners have looked up to for the past twenty years or more in Wisconsin and much of the Midwest.

So apparently, in order for her to somehow feel better about herself, she had to throw this all away and construct an alter ego of “Kelly” the escort.  Who was willing to do just about anything if the price was right because she still had the body and panache and knew how to speak the high-powered language of well-heeled men in order to better separate them from their money.

Why this intelligent, beautiful woman couldn’t find herself in some other way, I just don’t know.  Why would she would risk her career for this, much less her marriage?  Why would she ever entertain such a thing, considering that it’s well-known that women who become prostitutes (the not-so-nice name for “call girls”) rarely retain custody of their children?

And what about the IRS audit that has to be on the horizon?  Because it would be ridiculous to assume that she’s declared all of the money she’s made as a $600-per-hour escort on her tax forms.

All of this happened because Favor Hamilton apparently enjoys risky sex in extremely expensive hotel rooms with men she doesn’t really know.

This seems so off-the-wall, so uncharacteristic, and so utterly absurd that I feel like I’ve fallen into a parallel universe.

Yet it’s the truth.

Suzy Favor Hamilton, runner and Olympian, mother and realty owner, is also a call girl.

What a terribly sad thing to have happen . . . and she did it to herself.

Written by Barb Caffrey

December 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm

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  1. If Hamilton never did steroids or performance enhancing drugs yet still did so well in track and field anyways, one can conjecture if every one had been clean she probably would have won a few gold medals, and maybe that might have changed her life as well.


    February 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    • I agree, Alessandro. (I just saw your comment; sometimes WordPress does odd things.) I think had she won at least one gold medal, she would’ve felt vindicated. She had so much success as a runner that it has to gall her that lesser runners have medals and she doesn’t — lesser by the overall amount of wins, mind you (talent is something that I’m not qualified to judge at the elite runner level, or how someone has maybe maximized all her or she has whereas someone else maybe had a little bit more to give).

      Anyone who gets to the Olympics is really, really good. (Even “Eddie the Eagle,” the guy who qualified as a ski-jumper for Britain and came in dead last years ago was better than most people who could attempt to do a ski-jump.) Especially if you’ve competed at the elite level in your sport for years and years, everyone knows you, and everyone knows what you’re capable of doing.

      I have serious respect for Suzy Favor Hamilton as a runner. I did have serious respect for her as a role model, as being out there in public is not easy for someone with social anxiety disorder or other forms of depression (I’m unsure what form she has, but whatever she has definitely has impacted her life, and for the worse). I do respect that she went public with this story and didn’t duck it. But I’m really astonished, even now, that she let this happen.

      I’d understand something like this far, far better if she’d have separated from her husband (where he had primary custody of their child), stayed in Las Vegas and worked legally as a call girl (or whatever part of Nevada it is where prostitution is legal). Even as a high-end escort, if she was doing it legally and was doing her best to protect her child, I’d support her in that even though it’s definitely *not* my thing.

      But she showed no foresight toward her child, and that’s the sticking point as far as I’m concerned. Everything else, she and her husband can either work out, or not. But that child is likely to be really confused once this comes to that child’s attention . . . that’s something most mothers would do anything to keep from their child, yet Favor Hamilton apparently never thought about it. Not once.

      Barb Caffrey

      April 13, 2013 at 3:49 pm

  2. […] Favor Hamilton, who I wrote about back in 2012 after the story broke that she’d become a high-priced Las Vegas escort, was interviewed by […]

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