The Secret Life of a Former Olympian
Working under the name Kelly Lundy, 44-year-old Favor Hamilton was paid upwards of $600 an hour for her call girl services. A full day would set clients back a cool six grand.
After a highly decorated NCAA career, Favor Hamilton competed in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics. Although she never won a medal, she did enjoy lucrative endorsement deals with the likes of Nike, Reebok, Clairol, Oakley, Pert Plus and even Disney.
Favor Hamilton and her husband also ran a real estate firm in Wisconsin. So she wasn’t hurting for money. But then she tried working as a call girl and something took hold of her. She spent time in Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and eventually landed in Las Vegas, the Mecca for women practicing the world’s oldest profession.
Unfortunately for Favor Hamilton, she couldn’t help telling some of her high-paying clients about her Olympic exploits and revealing her true identity. And lo and behold, one of them talked to the media and the truth came out. Go figure.
So Favor Hamilton issued a statement that is apologetic and accepts responsibility for her “highly irrational choices” and “huge mistakes.” I can respect this move since she is a public figure, as much as a mid-distance runner can be, and since she may have some young fans out there who feel betrayed or confused by her actions.
However, it’s hard for me to believe this kind of public statement should be expected from Favor Hamilton or any other “celebrity” (major or minor). What these people choose to do in their personal lives is their own business. Sure, it would be nice if they selected legal pursuits that didn’t involve sex with strangers for money, but to each his (or her) own.
Favor Hamilton only forgot one important detail that could have prevented this whole sordid situation… one vital feature of any secret life: discretion. Replacing it with Olympic bragging obviously wasn’t the best idea.
Posted on December 21, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged celebrities, commentary, current-events, entertainment, news, Olympics, perspectives, prostitution, sex, sports, Suzy Favor Hamilton. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.