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Suzy Favor-Hamilton

Full name: Suzanne Marie "Suzy" Favor-Hamilton
Other name(s): Kelly Lundy
Gender: Female
Height: 5-2.5 (160 cm)
Weight: 110 lbs (50 kg)
Born: August 8, 1968 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States
Affiliations: Reebok Running Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Suzy Favor-Hamilton was the top American middle distance runner in both high school and college, attending the University of Wisconsin. In college she won nine NCAA championships and 23 Big 10 titles, along with a silver at the World University Games. She never quite made the top level internationally, never ranking in the World Top 10 over 800 or 1,500 metres, but was ranked #1 in the US at 1,500 metres/mile in 1989-90, and 2000-02. Her best international finishes were a bronze at the 1998 Goodwill Games and placing fifth in the 2002 International Cross-Country Championships in the short-course event, the best ever for a US woman.

Favor-Hamilton competed in three Olympics and was looking for a medal at Sydney in 2000, coming into the Games with the best time of the year. Her brother had recently committed suicide and a friend was ill with cancer and she was hoping to win the medal to honor them. During the 1,500 final she led the second and third laps and for the early part of the final lap, but she was then passed by several runners, and then fell. Favor-Hamilton later admitted that she fell on purpose, feeling that she had let down her family and friends. She feigned injury initially but later admitted to the ruse.

Favor-Hamilton continued to compete, looking towards the 2004 Games and a fourth Olympic appearance, but began to suffer from depression and considered suicide. She retired from competitive running shortly before the Athens Olympics. She then began a career as a realtor and doing motivational speaking, while raising a young girl. She had always been known as a very attractive woman and also did frequent commercial endorsement work.

In 2012 it was revealed that Favor-Hamilton had worked for the past year as a high-priced call girl in Las Vegas, Chicago, Houston and other American cities. She worked for Haley Heston’s Private Collection and charged $600/hour for her services (or $6,000 for a 24-hour encounter), using the pseudonym Kelly Lundy, and was one of their highest rated clients. Her double life was outed by The Smoking Gun website but Favor-Hamilton also completely admitted her work as a prostitute via several Twitter posts.

Personal Bests\\: 800 – 1:58.10 (2000); 1500 – 3:57.40 (2000).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics Women's 1,500 metres United States USA 11 h1 r1/3
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Athletics Women's 800 metres United States USA 4 h5 r1/3
2000 Summer 32 Sydney Athletics Women's 1,500 metres United States USA 12

Women's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Athletics United States Round One Heat Five 4 2:00.47 3

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics United States Round One Heat One 11 4:22.36
2000 Summer 32 Sydney Athletics United States Final 12 4:23.05
2000 Summer 32 Sydney Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 4:05.25
2000 Summer 32 Sydney Athletics United States Round One Heat One 1 QU 4:08.08
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