Five years back or so The Smoking Gun, various tabloids and letsrun exploded with commentary about Suzy Favor Hamilton’s weekend escapades. Yes, she showcased her hoard of personal issues and was placed under the public microscope after having a stellar Olympic caliber athletic career. But does anyone get offended that one of our own continues to be flogged due to her actions over five years ago?
I find it troubling that here we have an individual with a personality disorder that perpetuates due to her micro celebrity status and public image. Every other day she is practically naked on instagram and all the old hogs go there to feed at the trough until she relapses again. Then they talk about it on letsrun which will seemingly snicker into eternity with this scandal.
My question is when is enough enough? This is one of our own and no matter what she did at the end she is still one of the most decorated runners in state history. Really, how long are we all going to ride her bipolarity vicariously? Until she reaches a confused state and harms herself?
I think everyone needs to move past her tragic flaws and just accept her for the great things she has done. Allow her to move on and dont give into the temptations that feed her distorted perception of reality.
Also, I cant imagine how her poor daughter would feel if she looked her mom up through google. This is another angle where I personally get offended because Suzy will never live down some of her life’s choices and the cycle can repeat within herself and her family.
I think it’s time for people to take initiative and defend one of our greats.