Wednesday September 30, 2015
Olympian-turned-Vegas escort Suzy Favor Hamilton shares her story
"That first Olympics took a part of me. The second Olympics same thing happened. So when the third Olympics rolled around ... and now I'm truly the favourite, I had just run the fastest time in the world, I'm suppose to win. And when that didn't happen, I felt my purpose in my life was gone. That was the one thing I was suppose to do my entire life... was to win the gold medal." - Suzy Favor Hamilton
She was a three-time Olympian. A runner with big-time sponsorship deals. A mother and a wife.
In short, Suzy Favor Hamilton was an all-American girl... living every athlete's dream.
But after her last Olympics, when the cheering ended and the time came to settle into a suburban life, she sought out excitement -- and acceptance -- elsewhere.
And that's how she became one of Las Vegas's most sought after escorts. It left the whole country wondering how the long-distance runner could have strayed so far.
"When it came to the escorting that I fell into, I wanted to be number one. I didn't want to settle for just being the average escort, I wanted to be the number one escort."
- Suzy Favor Hamilton
Now Suzy Favor Hamilton is telling her story of success, and mental illness, in her book, "Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness."
Suzy Favor Hamilton joined Anna Maria Tremonti from New York City.
This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.