From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article
Suzy Favor-Hamilton (born August 8, 1968) is an American former professional middle distance runner. She notably deliberately fell during the 2000 Sydney Olympics 1500m women's final when she realized she could not win.
Suzy Favor-Hamilton was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to Conrad and Rachel Favor. She began running at age nine and then attended and competed at Stevens Point Area Senior High, graduating in 1986. She attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, receiving a bachelor of science degree in graphic arts in 1991. While a freshman there, she met Mark Hamilton, then a pitcher on the University baseball team. The two married a week after she graduated. Residing in New Glarus, Wisconsin, Favor-Hamilton was coached by Peter Tegen.
At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Favor won nine NCAA individual titles which, while now tied by Sally Kipyego, still stands as the most in NCAA history. Favor's other collegiate accomplishments include:
After graduating, Favor-Hamilton competed extensively, with the following results:
She said that she deliberately fell in the 2000 Olympics when it was clear that she could not win a medal. She said she did so because she was trying to win a medal in memory of a relative who had recently died.
|This section may be slanted towards recent events. (December 2012)|
In 2012, Hamilton admitted working for an escort service in Las Vegas, after The Smoking Gun broke the story. She tweeted, "I realize I have made highly irrational choices and I take full responsibility for them. I am not a victim here and knew what I was doing. I 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."