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Suzy Favor Hamilton

3 Time Olympian, Best Selling Author & Mental Health Advocate

SPEAKING TOPICS

  • Bipolar
  • Anxiety
  • Suicide
  • Motivation: Rise From Bottom
  • Sexuality
  • Pitfalls for Young Successful Athletes

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Suzy Favor Hamilton, three-time Olympian, was the darling of American track and field during the 1990s. An outstanding runner, a major sports apparel spokesperson, and a happily married wife, she was the model for an active, healthy, and wholesome life. Competing professionally, Favor Hamilton won seven USA National titles, set two American Records, was a three-time Olympian, ran her specialty 1500m under 4:00 five times and was the second fastest American Woman in history at 3:57.40, a fraction of a second behind leader, Mary Decker Slaney. In 2000, Favor Hamilton was the fastest woman in the world and was named USA Track & Field’s Female Distance Runner of the Year.

Unbeknownst to Favor Hamilton, her obsession with performance and winning were symptoms of a darker truth. Fast Girl (Dey Street Books), is the story of her incredible victory over the mind games that untreated mental illness can cause. As an undiagnosed sufferer from manic depression and bipolar disorder, Favor Hamilton’s life took unexpected and sometimes dangerous turns. She turned to working as a female escort in infamous Las Vegas in an effort to quell her intense feelings of dissatisfaction and sadness. After her double-life was exposed, Favor Hamilton finally got the clarity that she long needed and began to heal. Through diagnosis, therapy, support and hope, Favor Hamilton is reclaiming her happy and healthy family.

Favor Hamilton has been featured in national ads for Nike, Reebok, Pert Plus Shampoo, Nordic Track, Clairol, Oakley, Kikkoman Foods, and Viactiv. She has been featured in magazines such as People, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, Runner’s World, Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Journal, Sports Illustrated & Outside Magazine and was featured on ABC’s 20/20 in September 2015. She also appeared in the popular 1997 Suzy Hamilton Swimsuit Calendar.

Her interests include running, of course, yoga, barre, cycling artwork, riding roller coasters and traveling. Favor Hamilton is married to Mark Hamilton, and the couple has a 10 year old daughter, Kylie.

Praise for Suzy Favor Hamilton:

“Mental health impacts all of us in one way or another.  Suzy Favor Hamilton is able to deliver a story and a message that leaves her audience recognizing the need for compassion and understanding as well as advocacy.  At first blush, not many people would say they are impacted by mental illness but after hearing Suzy's message, you can't help but realize that family members, colleagues and children in our schools need and deserve support and services to manage, just like any other illness.  Suzy is humble, relatable and certainly genuine in how she talks about the impact her illness has had on those she loves.  She compels us all to not ignore the signs and to be a partner with those who are suffering so they get the services they need.  Our audience was captivated by Suzy!”
--Tammy Gibbons - Association of Wisconsin School Administrators

"We were blessed to have Suzy as a keynote speaker for one of our events where - with wisdom, compassion, and authenticity - she shared her story of living with bipolar disorder and her journey through recovery. Her message is a powerful one: we must have hope and recognize that the key to recovery is a society that seeks to understand and tries to engage individuals by meeting them where they are in their illness. Thank you, Suzy!"
-Lindsay Wallace, Executive Director - National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Dane County

“Mental health impacts all of us in one way or another.  Suzy Favor Hamilton is able to deliver a story and a message that leaves her audience recognizing the need for compassion and understanding as well as advocacy.  At first blush, not many people would say they are impacted by mental illness but after hearing Suzy’s message, you can’t help but realize that family members, colleagues and children in our schools need and deserve support and services to manage, just like any other illness.  Suzy is humble, relatable and certainly genuine in how she talks about the impact her illness has had on those she loves.  She compels us all to not ignore the signs and to be a partner with those who are suffering so they get the services they need.  Our audience was captivated by Suzy!”
--Tammy Gibbons – Association of Wisconsin School Administrators

“Suzy is an excellent speaker whose easy-going manner, unique story narrative, and considerable personal appeal hold an audience’s attention throughout. Even in a large setting, she comes across as a friend or neighbor, with a relaxed, approachable, honest, and open manner about all her strengths and flaws. She quickly breaks down barriers between her and her audience, taking that audience through both the highs and lows of her life’s story – including the challenges she faced as a youngster that helped lead to her career in running, as one of the world’s top competitive runners, and as a woman coming to terms with her mental health challenges while being outed for her secret life as a Las Vegas call girl. She doesn’t ever flinch from the tough questions that arise from her narrative. Instead, she addresses them in a straightforward and engaging way, with doses of both humor and good spirit when appropriate. As a result, she is ultimately someone to whom a general audience can relate and for whom it can root – because she offers a real, ongoing, and believable narrative of recovery and achievement that is especially meaningful for those who face their own mental health challenges.“
--Paul Gionfriddo – President & CEO Mental Health America

“Suzy Favor Hamilton was the keynote speaker for the Community Education Day hosted by the Lindner Center of HOPE on May 7, 2017. Her courageous remarks about her struggle with bipolar disorder and her honestly in recounting its impact on her life made an enormous impression on the 360 people in the audience. As a mental health professional, I was humbled by the power of her words and her passionate advocacy to conquer stigma. It was an honor to meet her.”
--Paul E Keck, Jr., MD, Lindner Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, President-CEO, Lindner Center of HOPE