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In a shocking admission, three-time US Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton revealed that she has been working as a $600-an-hour escort in the past year, The Smoking Gun reported.
According to TSG, Hamilton has worked with Haley Heston's Private Collection in Las Vegas since last December and has gone on engagements in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.
The 44-year-old Hamilton, a mother of one, worked under the name "Kelly Lundy" but apparently revealed her true identity to several male clients.
In response to TSG's story, Hamilton posted a lengthy apology on her Twitter account.
"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," Hamilton said.
Hamilton said working as a paid escort service provided "an escape from a life that I was struggling in. It was a double life."
"I do not expect people to understand, but the reasons for doing this made sense to me at the time and were very much related to depression. As crazy as I know it seems, I never thought I would be exposed, therefore never hurting anybody," she added.
Hamilton said her husband was aware of her escort work, but did not support it and asked her to stop.
She has been seeking the help of a psychologist for the past few weeks to put her life back on track.
"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. I fully intend to make amends and get back to being a good mother, wife, daughter, and friend," she said.
Outside the track, Hamilton is known to be a successful businesswoman and motivational speaker. She runs a real estate brokerage in Madison, Wisconsin, gives motivational speeches and promotes various civic and community organizations.
Hamilton competed in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games but did not win any medal. Her most notable Olympic moment came in 2000, when she was leading the 1,500-meter final in Sydney.
Three-time Olympic runner Suzy Favor Hamilton apologizes for leading a secret life as a Las Vegas call girl. Hamilton went under the alias Kelly Lundy for escort service Haley Heston and offered up her services for $600 an hour. Kristina Behr has the story.
Olympian Suzy Hamilton Admits Working as Las Vegas Escort