Maybe you’ve never heard of the pole vaulter, Allison Stokke, but we’re sure you’ve seen “the photo”. In an instant, Stokke’s face was littering the internet and after 10 years, she’s speaking up about the experience that forever altered her life.
A Viral Sensation
When a photo surfaced online of Allison Stokke at age 17 at a pole vaulting completion in New York, her life was flipped upside down. People everywhere were commenting on the photo and posting it on other sites, all without Stokke’s permission. Furthermore, she did not want this attention. Many news companies picked up the story, and in the blink of any eye, Allison Stokke became a viral phenomenon. However she soldiered on, set pole vaulting records, and took on a side job as a model. This is her story – of her unwanted claim to fame, of what she’s accomplished and overcome along the way.