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How One Photo Destroyed Pole Vaulter Allison Stokke’s Career

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Allison Stokke began to garner attention as a rising pole vaulting star. People began to notice her talent in high school and tipped her for greatness. She faced a significant roadblock when she was a senior in high school. The setback almost ruined her career, and the sad part is that none of it was her fault. Every athlete wants to achieve fame and leave behind a legacy when they retire. The hard work needed to reach the pinnacle of any sport takes a toll on the mind and body. It also requires a lot of discipline and perseverance. The reason behind Stokke gaining national and international attention, on the other hand, became used as an example of the dark side of the internet.

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Passion

Passion

Allison Stokke discovered her passion for pole vaulting in high school. Her coaches, teachers, and peers believed that she could one day reach the sport’s highest level.

Stokke’s comes from a sports-competitive family. Her brother was a national gymnastics champion at the youth level. She tried to follow in his footsteps by initially pursuing gymnastics but soon realized that it wasn’t for her. Once she picked up the vaulting pole, Allison Stokke never looked back. Due to her school tenure, she would go on to compete in various tournaments. In her first year alone, Stokke recorded a vault of 3.86 meters and broke the freshman national record. Although even she couldn’t have guessed that the attention she would get would jeopardize her career.

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First Record

First Record

2004 was Allison’s first year competing in track and field. The former high school star recorded a vault of twelve feet, seven inches, and this turned out to be a record. The vault turned out to be the best recorded by a fifteen-year-old. It’s easy to see how she raised the bar so high right after joining the sport. People around her began to form lofty expectations and figured that she would one day represent the country in major tournaments. The feat achieved in her freshman year became the start of a promising career. However, it also set her on a path she wasn’t aware she was on.

Meeting Expectations

Meeting Expectations

Allison’s Stokke’s record-breaking first year was awe-inspiring, but it was only the start. At the end of her freshman year of high school, Stokke went to the CIF California State Championship. The tournament was the track and field star’s first, but it wasn’t her last. She exceeded expectations when her vault of 4.11 meters became the best by a sophomore. The record would also become the best vault by a sixteen-year-old. People had always tipped her for greatness, but Stokke was exceeding expectations going into her junior year. If only she knew about the horror that her success would lead to one day.

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