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Pole Vaulter Allison Stokke Wants to Keep It Low-Key

Posted By Christine Borden On May 30, 2007 @ 5:59 pm In News | Comments Disabled

Remember way back when we discussed the incoming freshman class [1]? Little did we know that one of them would be making news … before her time at Cal.

Allison Stokke, a high school senior, is coming to Cal to join the track and field team. Despite her great athleticism, Stokke’s not getting attention for her pole vaulting. Instead, she’s getting oggled.

See that video up there? It sure isn’t great television, but it’s been viewed over 300,000 times.

It all started on With Leather [2], a sports blog run by Matt Ufford. On May 8, Ufford introduced Stokke with “hubba hubba and other grunting sounds.” Granted, he did mention her talent:

bq. Miss Stokke is one of the best young pole vaulters in the country. She set the U.S. record for a freshman girl at 12’8″, and her present personal best is a couple inches off the best high school girls mark. So, that’s why I’m honoring her with a post. Because she’s an exceptional athlete. Yes.

The post got some very interesting attention, to say the least. One commenter chimed, “She can vault my pole any time.” Har har.

To Stokke, it wasn’t funny. Washington Post [3] reports she got 1,000 messages on her MySpace. Now her father’s looking through message boards to pick out potential stalkers.

Wait a minute. Stokke talked to Washington Post, but she doesn’t want any more attention? Isn’t that kinda … well … counterintuitive?

But really, stop being pervy. You’re acting like you’ve never seen an attractive girl before.

Her “athleticism” earned her multiple Facebook groups, some of which have popped up in a matter of 24 hours. The two largest, however, existed prior to the Post article.

Fine, fine, here are your obligatory links: I’m Stoked For Stokke!!! [4] and Fans of Allison Stokke [5].

In response to the article, Ufford posted more pictures of Stokke [6] with “written permission of the photographer.” So much for sympathy.

So good job, Washington Post. An article complaining about unwanted attention manages to generate even more attention. It seems like the next step is for Stokke to start dating Enrique Iglesias and then star in his steamy music video.

Hey, at least she’s prettier than Jonny Moseley.

Teen Tests Internet’s Lewd Track Record [Washington Post [3]]

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URLs in this post:

[1] incoming freshman class: http://clog.dailycal.org/2007/04/06/berkeley-brags-about-latest-nerdy-class/

[2] With Leather: http://www.withleather.com/post.phtml?pk=2811

[3] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/28/AR2007052801370.html?sub=AR

[4] I’m Stoked For Stokke!!!: http://berkeley.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2495850165

[5] Fans of Allison Stokke: http://berkeley.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2377926143

[6] posted more pictures of Stokke: http://www.withleather.com/post.phtml?pk=2994

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