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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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Serena Williams, reclusive amid pandemic, returns to tennis eyeing Grand Slam record

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Serena Williams travels with “like 50 masks” and has been a little bit of a recluse since early March and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I don’t have full lung capacity, so I’m not sure what would happen to me,” Williams said Saturday, two days before the start of the WTA’s Top Seed Open in Lexington, Ky., her first tournament since playing Fed Cup in early February. “I’m sure I’ll be OK, but I don’t want to find out.”

Williams, 38, has a history of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms. She faced life-threatening complications following her Sept. 1, 2017, childbirth that confined her to a bed for six weeks. She said her daily routine was surgery and that she lost count after the first four.

More recently, Williams enjoyed “every part” of the last six months at home in Florida, her longest time grounded since her teens.

“I’ve been a little neurotic, to an extent,” on health and safety, she said. “Everyone in the Serena bubble is really protected.”

Williams is entered to play next week in Lexington and at consecutive tournaments in New York City later this month — the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open, the latter starting Aug. 31.

Williams is the highest-ranked player in the Lexington field at No. 9. Others include 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, older sister Venus Williams and 16-year-old Coco Gauff.

She has been bidding ever since having daughter Olympia to tie Margaret Court‘s record 24 Grand Slam singles titles, albeit many of Court’s crowns came before the Open Era and, notably at the Australian Open, against small fields lacking the world’s best players. Williams reached the last two Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals, losing all of them.

She showed her seriousness in committing early to this year’s U.S. Open by installing a court at home with the same surface. Three of the top 10 female singles players already said they will skip the U.S. Open due to travel and/or virus concerns, including No. 1 Ash Barty.

“Tennis is naturally a socially distanced sport, so it was kind of easy to go back and just walk on my side of the court and have my hitter walk on his side of the court,” Williams said.

The French Open starts two weeks after the U.S. Open ends. Williams was asked if she will fly to Europe for tournaments this autumn.

“I see myself doing it all, if it happens,” she said.

The Tokyo Olympics are too far away to make plans.

“We’ll have to kind of wait to see what happens in the fall,” she said. “One thing I have learned with this pandemic is don’t plan.”

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Conseslus Kipruto tests positive for coronavirus, canceling world-record bid

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Conseslus Kipruto, the Olympic and world 3000m steeplechase champion, tested positive for the coronavirus without symptoms, which will keep him from a world-record chase on Friday, according to his social media.

The Kenyan was to race in the first in-person Diamond League meet of the year in Monaco on Friday.

“Our World is going through a challenging period and we all have to take our responsibilities,” was posted. “Unfortunately my covid-19 test, as part of the Monaco-protocol, came back positive and therefore I can’t be part of the Monaco Diamond League.

“I don’t have any symptoms and I was actually in great shape. I was planning to go for the WR: it has stayed too long outside Kenya. As the World & Olympic Champion I feel strongly its something I should go for as well.”

Kipruto, 25, is the 14th-fastest steepler in history with a personal best of 8:00.12. The world record is 7:53.63, set by Kenyan-born Qatari Saif Saaeed Shaheen in 2004.

Last year, Kipruto won the world title by .01, extending a streak of a Kenyan or Kenyan-born man winning every Olympic or world title in the event since the 1988 Seoul Games. He was sidelined by a stress fracture in his left foot until opening his season extremely late on Aug. 24.

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Our World is going through a challenging period and we all have to take our responsibilities. Unfortunately my covid-19 test, as part of the Monaco-protocol, came back positive and therefore I can’t be part of the Monaco Diamond League on August 14th. I don’t have any symptoms and I was actually in great shape. I was planning to go for the WR: it has stayed too long outside Kenya. As the World & Olympic Champion I feel strongly its something I should go for as well. Wish to thank Monaco for all the work they have done and I wish them and my colleagues a wonderful competition. Athletics is back and I will be back as well. Anyone willing to organise a steeple once I can be cleared? @diamondleaguemonaco #nike #quarantine #WR #Kenya

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