The shocking and inspiring story of a star athlete's struggle to outrun her demons-and finally find peaceSuzy Favor Hamilton was born a fast girl. A natural athlete driven by an insatiable need to win, she became the ultimate track-and-field sweetheart. But success masked the doubt, self-sabotage, and constant anxiety that plagued her. It wasn't enough to win one race-Suzy had to win them all. During the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Suzy decided that she would rather stage a fall than face defeat-a move that precipitated the end of her running career. But after living in the fast lane as a world-class athlete, Suzy felt normal life in the Midwest to be mind-numbingly dull and even frightening. On a trip to Las Vegas, she found a rush she needed to feel alive and a window to a secret world. Re-creating herself as a glamorous escort, she recklessly crafted an exciting double life. Until one day she discovered that she had been running from herself-and the secret pain of an undiagnosed mental illness. Today, Suzy is living a happy life with her husband and daughter, one day at a time. By sharing her story, she hopes to raise awareness, and provide understanding to anyone battling the debilitating effects of bipolar disorder.
Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running From Madness
A Life Spent Running from Madness
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