Elle magazine tells of Suzy Favor Hamilton's 'gross doubt and insecurity'

2013-04-25T08:30:00Z Elle magazine tells of Suzy Favor Hamilton's 'gross doubt and insecurity'The Capital Times madison.com
April 25, 2013 8:30 am  • 

By now, anyone who knows of famed Wisconsin distance runner Suzy Favor Hamilton also knows about her "other" side, the $600-an-hour call girl side. 

Now, Elle magazine has done a lengthy piece on Favor Hamilton and her career as both an athlete and an escort.  

Madison resident Louisa Kamps, contributing editor to Elle magazine,  wrote the 4,200-word article, titled Crash of the Titan, which looked in detail into why one of the greatest runners in U.S. history — and one who has a family and successful business ventures — would become a high-priced call girl. 

After the Smoking Gun website broke the news back in December about Favor Hamilton's escort work, the State Journal followed up and quoted Hamilton, via email, saying, "This is all very much related to my depression, and my psychologist is helping me understand and get a hold of it."

But the Elle article goes deeper, with Kamps talking to several of her former coaches and other athletes, as well as friends. Turns out it was perhaps more than just depression that may have led her to start her secret career as an escort.  

In the story, Kamps writes, "Coach Brooks Johnson, who’s worked with runners at every Olympics since 1968, says one thing almost all his charges have had in common is 'extreme needs above the norm.'"

She adds: "Johnson remembers Favor Hamilton tracking him down at the end of a day in which the U.S. team, through its accumulated points, had roundly trounced the competition. 'Coach, how’d I do?' she asked urgently, as if the news — apparent to all the other American runners, already celebrating — couldn’t be true until she heard it from an authority figure. 'When the pit bull was there, she was virtually unbeatable,' Johnson tells me. 'But there were also times of gross doubt and insecurity — just a need to be appreciated or coddled.'"

The author also talks of a Madison friend of Favor Hamilton, who still lives in Madison. 

"While initially shocked to hear Suzy was working as a call girl, her friend says that after thinking about it, 'I really wasn’t surprised, because she likes being the center of attention — and not in a bad way.' Suzy had 'a very hard time turning 40,' she adds. 'And for someone who used to draw all this attention,' and suddenly doesn’t get it as often, wouldn’t it be exciting, she says, to 'hear someone saying you are worth $600 per hour?'"

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  1. tommix
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    tommix - May 03, 2013 10:28 am
    how much do you think I can sell pictures of Suzy and my wife having sex for?
  2. River
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    River - April 29, 2013 10:42 pm
    Mutually contradictory for sure.
  3. Arnold Harris
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    Arnold Harris - April 29, 2013 10:45 am

    Our four children now range in age from 26 to almost 36 years. We taught them many principles, some of which at first glance may seem mutually contradictory but all of which reflect the kind of society they have joined for life. Included are:

    1) Assume full responsibility for yourselves, including care of your health and the condition of your body, how you shall earrn a living. the friends whose companionship you shall keep.

    2) Treat all others as you would have them treat you, which is the fundament of all interpersonal relationships.

    3) Guard your liberties wherever possible against encroachments both private and governmental, in accordance with the principles that underlie the Constitution of the United States which was the basis for the development of our great commonwealth.

    4) Do not confuse religion with science, or vice-versa.

    5) If and when you marry, and if and when you have children of our own to raise, try to remember for your own use in that task the principles of life that we have taught you.

    Arnold Harris
    Mount Horeb WI
  4. River
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    River - April 28, 2013 9:55 pm
    A lot of apologists for Suzy. What are you telling your kids?
  5. JohnM
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    JohnM - April 28, 2013 9:29 pm
    Suzy is a great realtor and from what I could tell, a nice person too. She has been active in charitable causes in Madison, and when this story broke, she owned up to the facts immediately. I take her at her word, this is related to her depression. Even if the cause turns out to be something else, that is for her and her therapist to work out. Let's give her a break and let her get through this with her psychologist, family and those friends that want to provide support and encouragement. I'm hoping for the best for her.
  6. winklerfamily
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    winklerfamily - April 27, 2013 2:10 pm
    Sounds good in theory that we should be free to do what we damn please, but that utopian ideal is not reality. The fact is we don't live in a society which is egalitarian;l those with more power and influence can and do force others to make choices that would they would not ordinarily make.

    If you're free to be a prostitute, others are free to use their influence to encourage that decision. I would guess most call girls do not get paid well and do not have control over their lives. Suzy Hamilton and certainly Dr Brooke Magnanti, of Belle du Jour fame, might be quite the exception.

    In Magnanti's case, a researcher in pediatric cancer, she became a call girl to help her pay for living in very expensive London while completing her PhD in forensic science and genetic epidemiology (she started college when she was 16!). She has not said whether being a call girl would have been her first choice, had Thatcher's England supported her education.
  7. milton's fried man
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    milton's fried man - April 26, 2013 3:25 pm
    her name was Mcgill, she called herslf Lil, but everyone knew her as Nancy...
  8. milton's fried man
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    milton's fried man - April 26, 2013 3:24 pm
  9. witness2012
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    witness2012 - April 25, 2013 9:05 pm
    Agreed, Duke. She's done a lot for the community and I wish/hope we can stand by her while she goes through this dark period and finds some peace.
  10. DaneCounty
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    DaneCounty - April 25, 2013 4:14 pm
    Really Arnold Harris?
    "The majority of unattached women in that place (Las Vegas) are prostitutes."
    "Many if not most of the frontier women were prostitutes."
    I think your twisted fantasies have gotten the better of you.
  11. Duke_of_the_blues
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    Duke_of_the_blues - April 25, 2013 4:05 pm
    I am sad for Suzy, it seems so obvious looking in from the outside, but probably SOOO complicated from her side. Get well dear.
  12. RichardSRussell
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    RichardSRussell - April 25, 2013 1:17 pm
    I agree with much of what Arnold writes. In general, in a free society, you should be able to do anything you damn well please, as long as you aren't harming anyone else. Anyone who doesn't like it should likewise be free not to do it themselves.

    Live and let live, and in general mind your own business.
  13. Arnold Harris
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    Arnold Harris - April 25, 2013 12:48 pm

    I had not been aware that prostitution was legal only in certain Nevada counties. More than 21 years have passed since I was last in Nevada, and that was on a transcontinental Amtrak ride. But I assume from what I understand to be factual about Las Vegas, is that the majority of the unattached women in that place are working prostitutes, trolling for customers.

    Nor can I see any particular reason why prostitution ought not to be legalized all across this country. As a normal heterosexual male, I am prevailed upon by every instrument of the liberal media to accept as a matter of public policy that homosexual marriages ought to be recognized as legal. But I judge homosexuality mainly as a sexual perversion that I might well agree to tolerate but that I shall never regard as other than aberrational behavior. In any case, I cannot find justification for banning prostititution but accepting homosexual marriages

    I should also remind that the true histories of most of the frontier communities in 19th century America.show that many if not most of the unmarried women of these raw settlements prostituted themselves in local taverns, for the very good reason that they had not other marketable occupation fitting the economy of those times and places. So it would be safe to conclude that the founding mothers of that era in American history were bar-room whores and that the found fathers typically were their johns.

    Arnold Harris
    Mount Horeb WI
  14. RecessionSux
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    RecessionSux - April 25, 2013 12:32 pm
    So how is this different from the medical profession, politicians, and what lawyers do every day?
  15. ovelho
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    ovelho - April 25, 2013 11:56 am
    Her friend says, "I really wasn’t surprised, because she likes being the center of attention — and not in a bad way." Really? I think some of her attention seeking was in a bad way.
  16. username
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    username - April 25, 2013 11:42 am
    just as a factoid: prostitution is not legal in all of Nevada. It is illegal in Las Vegas.
  17. Arnold Harris
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    Arnold Harris - April 25, 2013 10:11 am
    If this woman is performing such a line of work solely in Nevada, it is presumably legal and she has nothing to apologize for. If you do do not approve of her, then avoid hiring her for $800 per hour. And if you are not one of her clients, then what she does with her time, talents or body is none of your business.

    Arnold Harris
    Mount Horeb WI
  18. kashka-kat
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    kashka-kat - April 25, 2013 9:52 am

    "Gross doubt and insecurity" - welcome to the human race. Theres 5,999,999,999 other stories out there equally interesting if not more so.
  19. spooky tooth
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    spooky tooth - April 25, 2013 9:20 am
    She went by Kelly, but her customers had to know who she was and eventually somebody talks or brags and she should have known that. Spending $600/hr, even a good looking 40 year without being famous, I don't see it.
  20. Greggar
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    Greggar - April 25, 2013 8:20 am
    the writer probably got paid $600 an hour to drag the bottom of the barrel. Why did this need to be revisited ? Sick !
  21. epic
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    epic - April 25, 2013 8:05 am
    I assume this was (or is) sort of a hobby for her. We all have interests outside of our occupations and it's nice when such avocations bring remuneration in addition to stimulation. I have had a life-long interest in photography and over the years I have made a few dollars selling some of my work. However, I have never been $600 per hour good. Like my old high school councilor told me regarding career choice: Find something you love to do and pursue it. Maybe Suzy finally found out what she loves to do.
  22. nymzaj1952
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    nymzaj1952 - April 25, 2013 7:51 am
    It's really pathetic that you consider this news worthy in any way...and your a friend?
  23. River
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    River - April 24, 2013 9:59 pm
    This really makes me think twice about Hamilton.
  24. username
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    username - April 24, 2013 4:16 pm
    What a great "friend" the quoted source is...
  25. lloll
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    lloll - April 24, 2013 4:10 pm

    Not really. Bill gates gets 100$ plus whatever he makes through his investments. But I get you point.
  26. RichardSRussell
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    RichardSRussell - April 24, 2013 3:13 pm
    Worth all of $600 an hour, eh? To put this in perspective, imagine BIll Gates walking down the street. He spots a $100 bill lying on the sidewalk. If he stops just long enuf to pick it up, he's losing money on the deal.
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