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Olympian-turned-Vegas escort Suzy Favor Hamilton shares her story

She grew up running in small town America and became an Olympic darling . And when she began a secret life, she was just as competitive. Suzy Favor Hamilton became one of Las Vegas's most sought after escorts. She shares her personal struggle with mental illness in her memoir, "Fast Girl."
Suzy Favor-Hamilton of the U.S. sits on the track after she fell and did not finish in her heat of the 1500 meter semifinal at the World Championships in Athletics, in Edmonton August 5, 2001. (Reuters)
"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.