Suzy Favor Hamilton

Watch Suzy Favor Hamilton’s collapse in Sydney Olympic 1500m final

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If recent global championships are any indication, the Rio Olympic women’s 1500m final could be chaotic.

Not only is it likely to be a fast race (at some point) if Ethiopian world-record holder Genzebe Dibaba is in the field, but strange happenings have been known to occur.

At the World Championships last month, American Jenny Simpson ran the last 600 meters with one shoe on, finishing with a bloodied foot.

Then there’s Sydney 2000.

Another American, Suzy Favor Hamilton, in her only Olympic final in three Games, led that women’s 1500m on the final lap, looking to become the first American to win an Olympic track event longer than 400 meters since 1972.

Favor Hamilton, back in the news this week with her book on life as an Olympian-turned-escort set to be published, saw five runners pass her coming around the final curve.

So Hamilton made a conscious decision to collapse to the track when she realized she wouldn’t earn a medal, though she wouldn’t admit it until years later.

Favor Hamilton, running in remembrance of brother Dan who committed suicide in 1999, eventually made it across the finish line in last place, 17.95 seconds behind Algerian winner Nouria Mérah-Benida. It marked Favor Hamilton’s final Olympic race.

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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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Suzy Favor Hamilton, Olympic runner and Las Vegas escort, to publish memoir

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Suzy Favor Hamilton, a three-time U.S. Olympic runner turned escort, will have a memoir titled “Fast Girl: Running from Madness” released in June, according to publisher Harper Collins.

Favor Hamilton is the only listed author. There are no details about the 320-page book’s content yet.

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.

Favor Hamilton, now 46, said at the time she led the double life to cope with depression.

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