LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — 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.
“I take full responsibility for my mistakes. I’m not the victim and I’m not going that route,” Hamilton told The Smoking Gun. “I’m owning up to what I did. I would not blame anybody except myself.”
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, charging $600 and hour for her services.
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.”
“I cannot emphasize enough how sorry I am to anyone I have hurt as a result of my actions and greatly appreciate the support from family and those closest to me,” Hamilton posted on Twitter. “I fully intend to make amends and get back to being a good mother, wife, daughter, and friend.”
Hamilton told The Smoking Gun that her 44-year-old husband Mark tried to get her to stop escorting.
“He tried, he tried to get me to stop. He wasn’t supportive of this at all,” she said.
She says she has been seeing a psychologist for the past few weeks.
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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