At the time of the interview, it turned out, she was doubling as “Kelly Lundy,” a $600-an-hour call girl for an escort service based in Las Vegas.
Apparently, it wasn’t for the money. In the Journal Sentinel profile, Favor Hamilton said she gave upward of 60 motivational speeches each year and ran a successful realty firm, in addition to doing appearances for Disney and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series.
The Smoking Gun reported that a check through public records showed she lived in a $600,000 house in the Madison suburb of Shorewood Hills and that neither she nor her husband, Mark, had any outward signs of financial difficulties.
Some homes in Shorewood Hills back onto university property.
On Friday, there was no answer at the front door of her house — a sizeable, split-level home at the end of a cul de sac where a hurdle emblazoned with the word “Wisconsin” sits, snow covered, alongside the driveway.
A neighbor, Bob Lynch, who used to coach boxing at Wisconsin, said he used to see Favor Hamilton, her husband and daughter walking around the neighborhood and “they looked like a solid, little family.”
“She’s really successful,” Lynch said. “Madison’s a small town that way. If you were a sports hero at the university, you could do well in business.”
Neither Favor Hamilton nor her husband, Mark Hamilton, was at their real estate office Friday, which was closing for the Christmas holiday.
In the wake of the news, Disney canceled an upcoming appearance by Favor Hamilton, the Orange County Register reported. The Big Ten conference, which hands out the Suzy Favor Athlete of the Year Award to honor an athlete who won 23 conference and nine NCAA titles, had no comment Friday. A spokesman for the UW athletic department also declined comment.