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?'"