CHICAGO, ILL (LEARFIELD-WSAU) The Big Ten Conference female athlete-of-the-year is no longer named in honor of former Wisconsin Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton. The league said today that it dropped Favor Hamilton’s name from the award, after discussions between the Badgers and conference officials.
Last December, she admitted working as a 600-dollar-an-hour call girl in Las Vegas, after the Smoking Gun Web site broke the news. The 44-year-old Favor Hamilton called it a coping mechanism for depression and other personal issues.
Favor Hamilton is from Stevens Point. She was the Big Ten’s female athlete-of-the-year in 1988, and went on to win seven national track titles, while performing in three Olympics.
Madison area native Amanda Kessel, a former hockey star at the University of Minnesota, was named the winner of the Big Ten award last week. She’s giving up her senior year with the Gophers to play for Team U-S-A in the 2014 Olympics.