Suzy Favor Hamilton, the record-setting, three-time Olympic middle-distance runner who made headlines in 2012 when it was revealed she was working as a high-priced escort in Las Vegas, is set to release a book this month detailing her double life.
Harper Collins announced that “Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness” is set to be released on Sept. 14. The 304-page book details Hamilton’s outstanding career, and her struggles with manic depression and bipolar disorder that caused her post-running life to spiral out of control. A massive media unveiling is planned next week with appearances scheduled for CNN, Today, Dr. Phil, 20/20 and others.
“It is the story of a how a supreme competitor scored her most important victory of all—reclaiming her life from the ravages of an untreated mental illness,” says a Harper Collins release about the book. “Today, thanks to diagnosis, therapy…Suzy is building a better life, one day at a time. Sharing her story, Suzy is determined to raise awareness, provide understanding, and offer inspiration to others coping with their own challenges.”
A 9-time NCAA champion while at the University of Wisconsin, Hamilton, 47, made the U.S. Olympic team in 1992, 1996 and 2000, competing in the 800m and 1,500m events. Although she was the top runner in the U.S. and competitive on the international circuit for years, she never won an Olympic medal.