Retired Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton Admits to Working as Escort

The elite runner tweeted the admission following a report on The Smoking Gun website

Thursday, Dec 20, 2012  |  Updated 2:09 PM CDT
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Suzy Favor-Hamilton, seen here leading the pack during a heat of the 1500m race at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in 2000, admitted to working as an escort.

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Three-time Olympian runner Suzy Favor Hamilton has admitted leading a double life as an escort.

She apologized Thursday after a report by The Smoking Gun website said she had been working as a prostitute in Las Vegas.

The 44-year-old Favor Hamilton lives in Madison, Wis. The Smoking Gun said she has been working for the last year for an escort service.

Soon after the story appeared online, Hamilton released a series of tweets saying in part that she 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."

A middle-distance runner, Favor Hamilton competed for the U.S. at the Olympics in 1992, 1996 and 2000 but did not win a medal. She won seven U.S. national titles.

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