Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running From Madness

Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running From Madness

Paperback | June 7, 2016

bySuzy Favor Hamilton

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The former middle distance Olympic runner and high-end escort speaks out for the first time about her battle with mental illness, and how mania controlled and compelled her in competition, but also in life. This is a heartbreakingly honest yet hopeful memoir reminiscent of Manic, Electroboy, and An Unquiet Mind.

During the 1990s, three-time Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton was the darling of American track and field. An outstanding runner, a major sports apparel spokesperson, and a happily married wife, she was the model for an active, healthy, and wholesome life. But her perfect facade masked a dark truth: manic depression and bipolar disorder that drove her obsession to perform and win. For years after leaving the track, Suzy wrestled with her condition, as well as the loss of a close friend, conflicted feelings about motherhood and her marriage, and lingering shame about her athletic career. After a misdiagnosis and a recommendation for medication that only exacerbated her mania and made her hypersexual, Suzy embarked on a new path, and assumed a new identity. Fueled by a newfound confidence, a feeling of strength and independence and a desire she couldn’t tamp down, she became a high-priced escort in Las Vegas, working as “Kelly.”

But Suzy could not keep her double life a secret forever. When it was eventually exposed, it sent her into a reckless suicidal period where the only option seemed out. Finally, with the help of her devoted husband, Suzy finally got the proper medical help she needed. In this startling frank memoir, she recounts the journey to outrun her demons, revealing how a woman used to physically controlling her body learned to come to terms with her unstable mind. It is the story of a how a supreme competitor scored her most important victory of all—reclaiming her life from the ravages of an untreated mental illness. Today, thanks to diagnosis, therapy, Kelly has stepped into the shadows, but Suzy is building a better life, one day at a time. Sharing her story, Suzy is determined to raise awareness, provide understanding, and offer inspiration to others coping with their own challenges.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe former middle distance Olympic runner and high-end escort speaks out for the first time about her battle with mental illness, and how mania controlled and compelled her in competition, but also in life. This is a heartbreakingly honest yet hopeful memoir reminiscent of Manic, Electroboy, and An Unquiet Mind...

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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....

Suzy Favor Hamilton was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin in 1968. She is a three-time Olympian for women's middle distance running who competed in the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Summer Olympics. When her racing career ended, she struggled in living a normal life as a working wife and mother. Later she discovered that she had an undiagnosed m...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062346202

ISBN - 13:9780062346209

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Suzy shares her struggle with mental health in a way that brings you into the battleground of mental illness. Absolutely wonderful and truly eye-opening unto the struggle that mental health creates.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Worth a read. Tough to understand what she went through. Unless you lived it. Happy for her recovery
Date published: 2015-10-27

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“Hamilton is telling the story her way, with her new memoir, Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running From Madness, in which she details with disarming frankness her spiral from “America’s sweetheart” to suicidal sufferer of bipolar disorder.”