Things I’ve learned from Suzy Favor Hamilton’s story:
1. Nothing is ever completely anonymous. (Of course, she thought she could get away with being a high-priced call girl after having competed in the Olympics three times. That is the complete opposite of anonymity.)
2. When you’re used to winning, it can be devastating to know you’re losing. (Hence her faking her fall at the 2000 Summer Olympics.)
3. Once your name is out there, everything you do is under intense scrutiny. You have to remain the person that was first introduced to the public. If you start changing, their opinion of you changes, and oftentimes for the worse.
Look her up if you’re interested in her story. I found it extremely fascinating, especially since I had no idea what was in the book that I had found at the library.