Just one day after former world class Olympic runner Suzy Favor Hamilton “admitted to secretly being a Vegas escort, E! News confirms that the all-star athlete will not be participating in the Disneyland Half Marathon, were she was scheduled to speak. . . . News that Hamilton is on the outs with the kid-friendly company comes on the heels of the 44-year-old married mother’s shocking admission that she moonlighted as a Vegas sex worker.”
I find Disney’s break with Ms. Hamilton strangely odd. What did she do wrong? So she was a sex worker. It’s her body. Why can’t she do what she wants with it? Isn’t that the new morality that liberals love to proclaim from the highest mountain?
The abortion industry is built on the “It’s my body” theme. How is being a sex worker any different from engaging in homosexuality? Homosexuals have multiple partners. No one says anything about their chosen lifestyle.
In fact, Disney is one of the biggest supporters of “gay rights.”
Disney World has Gay-Day celebrations each summer. “The Walt Disney Co. has never officially come out in support of gay marriage, but it has allowed same-sex ceremonies at its resorts as part of the ‘Fairy Tale Weddings’ package since 2007.”
When a world-class-somebody stumbles and falls, you can count on folks in the media to revel in the tragedy and spread the juicy details. They are the biggest judges of behavior. Sadly, however, they aren’t interested in redemption.
Suzy Favor Hamilton competed as a middle-distance runner in track and field. While she never medaled at the Olympics, she was a ferocious competitor. Working at the Olympic level is grueling. It’s a 24/7 job like no other, especially if you’re a runner: a very strict diet to keep weight down, grueling running regimes, weight training, and high-pressured coaching for a few minutes of running glory. You work four years for a race that lasts less than four minutes, and then it’s over. After you get over the shock of losing, it’s back to work for another four more years.
Favor won 11 state high school titles, was named one of the 100 High School Athletes of the Century by Scholastic Sports Magazine, NCAA Championships record holder in the 800 meters and 1500 meters, named NCAA Woman of the Year, 14 All-American awards, Competed three times for the U.S. in the Olympic Games, 1992, 1996, and 2000, competed seven times in the U.S. National Championships, held numerous American running records, ran five sub-four minute 1500 meter races in her career, in 2000 she was ranked number one in the world based on her time of 3:57.40, and was ranked number one in the U.S. in 1989, 1990, 2000, 2001 and 2002.
So what happened? How did a well-respected athlete, motivational speaker, wife, and mother become a high-priced call girl? Here’s how Hamilton explains it:
“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.”
While making no excuses for her behavior, a peek into her life that few people saw, except her husband who has stayed with her through it all, is a glimpse into the despair that a lot of people experience. The New York Times reports:
“And she has said that she struggled with family tragedy, self-doubt and an eating disorder while trying to succeed in a sport that gains significant attention once every four years during the Summer Olympics, where winners are celebrated, usually briefly, and where losers are quickly forgotten after putting enormous effort into one moment.”
People fill the void in different ways. Some people take extreme measures. Filling the void is a world-wide problem. There are no class distinctions.
There’s a lot of talk about now about mental health as if it’s something that can be treated with a pill. We’re one of the most medicated people in the world. Drugs, fame, and fortune only mask the problem. Hamilton needs an eternal perspective on life. I hope there’s someone out there in God’s providence who can reach here.