Wisconsin Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton lived double life as prostitute, worked in Mpls

Many johns lauded "Kelly's" "runner's body" in online reviews, The Smoking Gun reports.
Many johns lauded "Kelly's" "runner's body" in online reviews, The Smoking Gun reports.
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Three-time Olympian and nine-time NCAA champion Suzy Favor Hamilton has confessed to leading a secret life as a high-end prostitute since December of last year.

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She was outed in a Smoking Gun report published yesterday after one of Favor Hamilton's clients who knew her secret contacted the publication and gave them the scoop. According to the report, when Favor Hamilton, 44, was initially approached by a reporter in the lobby of a Las Vegas hotel earlier this month, she denied accusations she was living a double life. But she later came clean and posted a string of tweets yesterday in which she said she takes "full responsibility" for her choices.

Here's an excerpt of the Smoking Gun's report:

While Favor Hamilton has used an alias, "Kelly Lundy," when working as an escort, she inexplicably shared her true identity with several male clients, believing that her secret was somehow safe with strangers who paid for her company by leaving envelopes stuffed with cash on bathroom vanities in swanky hotels...

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...

Referring to a client she suspected of contacting a reporter, Favor Hamilton said, "He totally broke all the rules by outing me." But she stressed that returning fire was not her style. "I don't want to be like him. Because he is scum. And I will not become scum to make myself feel good," Favor Hamilton said. "I will not do it. I would suffer rather than go that route of being vindictive."...

After being contacted by Favor Hamilton, one of her clients wrote a TSG reporter offering "some money to prevent [a story] from coming out...I would do anything to protect her." In a July 2012 online review, the client--who recounted two separate encounters with "Kelly"--enthused, "She is worth every penny. I will go bankrupt before I stop seeing her. I hope no one else goes to see her, because I want her all to myself." He added, "I never thought I would find anyone in this hobby like her."...\

[According to an online profile, her rates ranged] from $600 for one hour to $6000 for a 24-hour period. "Kelly," the [profile] noted, provided "Full GFE," or "girlfriend experience," an intimate, less mechanical encounter. Additionally, the rate schedule noted, clients would be charged a $300 supplement for a particular sex act.

Favor Hamilton -- she's married and the mother of a seven-year-old daughter -- reportedly worked for the Haley Heston's Private Collection escort service. A tour publicized earlier this year by Haley Heston's staff noted that "Kelly" would be making a stop in Minneapolis.

After the Smoking Gun's report was published, Favor Hamilton posted a string of tweets serving as a lengthy explanation and apology:

I realize I have made highly irrational choices and I take full responsibility for them. I am not a victim here and knew what I was doing. I 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. It provided an escape from a life that I was struggling in. It was a double life. I do not expect people to understand, but the reasons for doing this made sense to me at the time and were very much related to depression. As crazy as I know it seems, I never thought I would be exposed, therefore never hurting anybody. 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. I cannot emphasize enough how sorry I am to anyone I have hurt as a result of my actions and greatly appreciate the support from family and those closest to me. I fully intend to make amends and get back to being a good mother, wife, daughter, and friend.

Favor Hamilton is from Stevens Point and currently lives in Madison, where she was a legendary runner while attending the University of Wisconsin during the late 1980s.

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