Suzy Favor Hamilton was a middle distance runner, competing in three Olympics—most notably, the 1500 meters in Sydney, where she collapsed to the ground coming down the stretch. But she's probably best known for this 2000 Nike ad, in which a sports bra-clad Favor Hamilton outran a masked chainsaw-wielding psycho—drawing claims that the commercial objectified women as sex objects and victims.
Since retiring in 2006, Favor Hamilton started a family, entered the real estate business with her husband, and travels the country as a motivational speaker. And, according to The Smoking Gun, has spent 2012 working as a Las Vegas call girl.
Incredibly strong work by TSG here, revealing that as "Kelly Lundy," the 44-year-old Favor Hamilton has been part of Haley Heston's Private Collection escort service (link NSFW), booking "dates" in Las Vegas and traveling to cities around the country. Her profile on the site, since taken down, shows that Favor Hamilton charged rates of $600 an hour, up to $6,000 for a 24-hour period. Additionally, she would charge $300 more for a particular (unspecified) sex act.
Her profile described her as "a workout fanatic," and read in part:
"Hi, I am Kelly and proud to be a part of HHPC, and I absolutely LOVE it! I started this adventure in December of 2011 when I met Haley with the idea of fulfulling a fantasy and doing it only for the short term. Well, after my first date, I was hooked, and have been doing my best to visit Las Vegas as often as my schedule allows (I run my own business in my real world life). I look forward to my visits with great anticipation!"
The Smoking Gun reporter confronted Favor Hamilton with her side job earlier this month, and she owned up.
"I take full responsibility for my mistakes. I'm not the victim and I'm not going that route," Favor Hamilton said. "I'm owning up to what I did. I would not blame anybody except myself." She added, "Everybody in this world makes mistakes. I made a huge mistake. Huge."
Favor Hamilton described the escort business as "exciting," an illicit midlife diversion from her routine existence, one in which she operates a successful Madison, Wisconsin real estate brokerage with her husband, delivers motivational speeches, and does promotional work for various businesses and groups, including Disney's running series and Wisconsin's Potato & Vegetable Growers Association.
She said that only her husband Mark, 44, was aware of her escort work, but that, "He tried, he tried to get me to stop. He wasn't supportive of this at all."
She told TSG that she was planning to quit the business even before contacted by the reporter, and claims a disgruntled client was the one who outed her. (TSG reports that a separate client of hers offered them money to not reveal her secret.)
The story is crazy, with plenty of quotes from a surprisingly honest Favor Hamilton, as well as down-and-dirty details from client reviews. So, go read it.
Update: Favor Hamilton is addressing the story on her Twitter account.
U.S. Olympian's Secret Life As Las Vegas Escort [The Smoking Gun]