The shocking and inspiring story of a star athlete’s struggle to outrun her demons—and finally find peace
Suzy Favor Hamilton was born a fast girl. A natural athlete driven by an insatiable need to win, she became the ultimate track-and-field sweetheart. But success masked the doubt, self-sabotage, and constant anxiety that plagued her. It wasn’t enough to win one race—Suzy had to win them all. During the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Suzy decided that she would rather stage a fall than face defeat—a move that precipitated the end of her running career.
But after living in the fast lane as a world-class athlete, Suzy felt normal life in the Midwest to be mind-numbingly dull and even frightening. On a trip to Las Vegas, she found a rush she needed to feel alive and a window to a secret world. Re-creating herself as a glamorous escort, she recklessly crafted an exciting double life. Until one day she discovered that she had been running from herself—and the secret pain of an undiagnosed mental illness.
Today, Suzy is living a happy life with her husband and daughter, one day at a time. By sharing her story, she hopes to raise awareness, and provide understanding to anyone battling the debilitating effects of bipolar disorder.