Suzy Favor Hamilton discusses post-Olympian life as escort

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Suzy Favor Hamilton is discussing her life as an Olympian turned Las Vegas escort in advance of next week’s release of her book, “Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness.”

The three-time Olympic runner said she was bipolar and contemplated suicide after the birth of her daughter in 2005, according to Sports Illustrated and People magazine.

“Driving home, I prepared to drive my car into a tree,” she said, according to People. “I accelerated faster. But I was getting closer to home where my sweet baby girl was waiting. You have to stay alive for her.”

Favor Hamilton mentioned Olympic experiences in a book excerpt here.

A broadcast interview with Favor Hamilton will air on ABC’s “20/20” on Friday night at 10 p.m. ET, the network said.

It was revealed in December 2012 that Favor Hamilton, who retired from running in 2006, had spent the previous year working as a $600/hour escort in Las Vegas and other cities. Again, she said she contemplated suicide after she was outed.

“The next morning, my darkest thoughts were on a loop: I had shamed my parents, my husband, our family,” she said, according to People. “It would be better if I were dead.”

Favor Hamilton, now 47, has said she led the double life to cope with depression.

Favor Hamilton was best known before the December 2012 admission for the 2000 Olympic 1500m final, when she gave up the lead coming around the final curve and then collapsed to the track with less than 100 meters to go and in sixth place.

She had dedicated the race to brother Dan Favor, a manic-depressive who had committed suicide in 1999 after he stopped taking medication.

Years later, Favor Hamilton said she fell intentionally after realizing she would not win a medal.

“Falling down at the Olympics is where my spiral down started,” she said in the People interview published Wednesday. “I felt like such a failure.”

Favor Hamilton said the high of her escort life was greater than the high of running races and winning, according to Sports Illustrated.

“I still crave that high,” she said, according to People. “I can’t say I’ll never act out in that way again.”

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Olympic flame to travel by sea for Paris 2024, welcomed by armada

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The Olympic flame will travel from Athens to Marseille by ship in spring 2024 to begin the France portion of the torch relay that ends in Paris on July 26, 2024.

The torch relay always begins in the ancient Olympic site of Olympia, Greece, where the sun’s rays light the flame. It will be passed by torch until it reaches Athens.

It will then cross the Mediterranean Sea aboard the Belem, a three-masted ship, “reminiscent of a true Homeric epic,” according to Paris 2024. It will arrive at the Old Port of Marseille, welcomed by an armada of boats.

Marseille is a former Greek colony and the oldest city in France. It will host sailing and some soccer matches during the Paris Olympics.

The full 2024 Olympic torch relay route will be unveiled in May.

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Mikaela Shiffrin heads to world championships with medal records in sight

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Before Mikaela Shiffrin can hold the World Cup wins record, she can become the most decorated Alpine skier in modern world championships history.

Shiffrin takes a respite from World Cup pursuits for the biennial world championships in France. She is expected to race at least four times, beginning with Monday’s combined.

Shiffrin has a tour-leading 11 World Cup victories in 23 starts this season, her best since her record 17-win 2018-19 campaign, but world championships do not count toward the World Cup.

Shiffrin remains one career victory behind Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record 86 World Cup wins until at least her next World Cup start in March.

Shiffrin has been more successful at worlds than at the Olympics and even on the World Cup. She has 11 medals in 13 world championships races dating to her 2013 debut, including making the podium in each of her last 10 events.

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She enters worlds one shy of the modern, post-World War II individual records for total medals (Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt won 12) and gold medals (Austrian Toni Sailer, Frenchwoman Marielle Goitschel and Swede Anja Pärson won seven).

Worlds take place exactly one year after Shiffrin missed the medals in all of her Olympic races, but that’s not motivating her.

“If I learned anything last year, it’s that these big events, they can go amazing, and they can go terrible, and you’re going to survive no matter what,” she said after her most recent World Cup last Sunday. “So I kind of don’t care.”

Shiffrin ranks No. 1 in the world this season in the giant slalom (Feb. 16 at worlds) and slalom (Feb. 18).

This year’s combined is one run of super-G coupled with one run of slalom (rather than one downhill and one slalom), which also plays to her strengths. She won that event, with that format, at the last worlds in 2021. The combined isn’t contested on the World Cup, so it’s harder to project favorites.

Shiffrin is also a medal contender in the super-G (Feb. 8), despite starting just two of five World Cup super-Gs this season (winning one of them).

She is not planning to race the downhill (Feb. 11), which she often skips on the World Cup and has never contested at a worlds. Nor is she expected for the individual parallel (Feb. 15), a discipline she hasn’t raced in three years in part due to the strain it puts on her back with the format being several runs for the medalists.

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