Even those who don’t really follow pole vaulting more than likely know of Allison Stokke, considering she is arguably the most famous woman in the sport. But that’s mainly because a photo of her waiting to jump during an event went viral and launched her to stardom. Even though she was shy of 18 by several months at the time, the photo spawned (new) male fans to make “internet crush” sites based on the image.
But, had it not been for that image, she may not have made it into the likes of “The New York Times,” “L.A Times” and “Washington Post.” Sure, it’s very creepy how it happened, but hey – it happened, right? Years later, and she has had all kinds of brand endorsement deals with major brands like Nike.