Suzy Favor Hamilton has name stripped from Big Ten award
Suzy Favor Hamilton, the former U.S. Olympian from the University of Wisconsin who admitted last year that she worked as a Las Vegas escort, had her name stripped from the Big 10 award for female athlete of the year, according to an AP report citing an announcement Tuesday from Big 10 Spokesman Scott Chipman.
The decision, which was supported by her alma mater, comes a week after Minnesota hockey player Amanda Kessel was given the award for being recognized as the national player of the year. Kessel lead the Gophers to an undefeated season and a second straight NCAA title.
Hamilton, the recipient of the award three straight years from 1988-91, won a total of nine U.S. national titles. The 44-year-old had also competed in the Olympics in 1992, 1996 and 2000 but never medaled. In December last year, it was revealed that she worked as a "$600-an-hour escort in Las Vegas" that she said was a "coping mechanism" to deal with depression, anxiety, an eating disorder and postpartum depression following her daughter's birth.