May 30, 2007
— Ace Underage here (she's now a year older), but undeniably gorgeous:
Gone from a track phenom to an internet phenom. And she was much happier being the former.
By the way, lest anyone think I'm contributing to the unwanted attention Allison Stokke's getting, this article is in the Washington Post. The secret's pretty much out.
In her high school track and field career, Stokke had won a 2004 California state pole vaulting title, broken five national records and earned a scholarship to the University of California, yet only track devotees had noticed. Then, in early May, she received e-mails from friends who warned that a year-old picture of Stokke idly adjusting her hair at a track meet in New York had been plastered across the Internet. She had more than 1,000 new messages on her MySpace page. A three-minute video of Stokke standing against a wall and analyzing her performance at another meet had been posted on YouTube and viewed 150,000 times.
"I just want to find some way to get this all under control," Stokke told her coach.
Three weeks later, Stokke has decided that control is essentially beyond her grasp. Instead, she said, she has learned a distressing lesson in the unruly momentum of the Internet.
From her computer at home, Stokke tracked the spread of her image with dismay and disbelief. She had dealt with this once before, when a track fan posted a lewd comment and a picture of her on a message board two years earlier. Stokke had contacted the poster through e-mail and, a few days later, the image had disappeared. But what could she do now, when a search for her name in Yahoo! revealed almost 310,000 hits? "It's not like I could e-mail everybody on the Internet," Stokke said.
For the first week, Stokke tried to ignore the Internet attention. She kept it from her parents. She focused on graduating with a grade-point average above 4.0, on overcoming a knee injury and winning her second state title. But at track meets, twice as many photographers showed up to take her picture. The main office at Newport Harbor High School received dozens of requests for Stokke photo shoots, including one from a risqué magazine in Brazil.
"Even if none of it is illegal, it just all feels really demeaning," Allison Stokke said. "I worked so hard for pole vaulting and all this other stuff, and it's almost like that doesn't matter. Nobody sees that. Nobody really sees me."
A former gymnast, Stokke had tried pole vaulting as a lark as a freshman in high school. Two months later, she set a school record. She won the 2004 state championship three months after that. Stokke had augmented her natural, pole-vaulting disposition -- speed, upper-body strength and courage -- by lifting weights three times each week. College programs including Harvard, Stanford and UCLA also recruited her.
She loved pole vaulting because it was a sport built on intricacies. Each motion required calculation and precision. A well-executed vault blended a dancer's timing, a sprinter's speed and a gymnast's grace. "There's so much that happens in a vault below the surface," Stokke said.
4.0 GPA (or at least in striking distance of that) on full ride at U of California, champion athlete, ex-gymnast, dancer, looks like this:
It's as if Wonder Woman has been battling Nazis and counterfeiters for five years and we're only hearing about her now.
Although I'm sympathetic that Stokke's lost something important, I'm pretty sure she has the gifts to endure.
See, if that memo had had her picture as the State Department logo, I woud have had no problem with it. I just would have said, "Yeah, perfect logo -- this is what our country is fighting for."
Stokke in Action:
Oh, by the way, I forgot to mention: as she hails from Newport Beach, presumably, on top of everything else, she's loaded.
She Ain't All That: I just got this email--
I would defnitely not hit that. Her knees are too sharp and she is well beneath my standards.
That's from some dude signing his email "A. Kournakova."
NOW we know where Ace was.......................
Excuse me, I'll be right back................
Posted by: Sort-of-Mad Max at May 30, 2007 11:06 AM (WTn2v)
Posted by: Toby928 at May 30, 2007 11:07 AM (ATbKm)
Well said, Allison. Well said...
Posted by: SOC at May 30, 2007 11:07 AM (1/F/d)
Posted by: wiserbud at May 30, 2007 11:09 AM (hp0Gj)
Posted by: Pupster at May 30, 2007 11:10 AM (NMGPj)
Posted by: ro-ro at May 30, 2007 11:10 AM (8xCvb)
Early this month, 18-year-old Allison Stokke
She was 13 when that picture was taken?!?
I feel oh, oh so dirty right now. I have the sudden urge to buy an Ice Cream Truck.
Posted by: Xoxotl at May 30, 2007 11:10 AM (F/ysA)
Posted by: ace at May 30, 2007 11:11 AM (+u1X0)
She likes poles.
Posted by: EC at May 30, 2007 11:11 AM (mAhn3)
I guess I shouldn't say that, dad's probably looking for her stalkers and I'll be damned if I'm giving up the dirty undies I stole from her locker without a fight.
They'll never take me alive, or until I've had a chance to make soup.
Posted by: phineas g. at May 30, 2007 11:11 AM (CQcil)
Posted by: crassius maximus at May 30, 2007 11:11 AM (x+F7l)
Posted by: ace at May 30, 2007 11:12 AM (+u1X0)
Posted by: Slublog at May 30, 2007 11:12 AM (R8+nJ)
Posted by: ro-ro at May 30, 2007 11:13 AM (8xCvb)
(picks tongue up from desk)
Posted by: CAD Daddy at May 30, 2007 11:16 AM (U6x6j)
And, who is responsible for her getting distributed all over the internet?
Can you say her?
Posted by: Paul A'Barge at May 30, 2007 11:17 AM (T3gfS)
Posted by: Uniball at May 30, 2007 11:18 AM (27iEn)
Posted by: Toby928 at May 30, 2007 11:18 AM (ATbKm)
She'll be a contestant on Survivor, get really famous, get a couple of acting jobs, lose her fame and public appeal, pose nude for Playboy, and be in drug rehab by 2009.
Finally, we see this promising young women on an episode of E's "Where are they now?" in 2012. And we'll see that she's married, 200 lbs, and the mother of two, living in her hometown.
Posted by: Bart at May 30, 2007 11:18 AM (DqKLf)
Posted by: Frankly at May 30, 2007 11:19 AM (Q8tsb)
your pessimism is quite off-putting. Have some faith in the human species, you mountain-troll.
Posted by: Tushar D at May 30, 2007 11:22 AM (IlgNp)
If I got 72 of those, I might be willing to take all of you out.
Posted by: JackStraw at May 30, 2007 11:22 AM (t+mja)
I can't believe the media are running around trying to get pics of Lindsay Lohan falling down again with a fistful of blow when we have this...THIS...right under our noses.
If there were standards for sheer female-ness, that picture would be it.
Posted by: EC at May 30, 2007 11:23 AM (mAhn3)
Always looking on the bright side, eh Bart?
She looks like the anti-skank to me.
Either way, this whole deal creeps me out a little.
Posted by: rickinstl at May 30, 2007 11:24 AM (MvmeX)
If I got 72 of those, I might be willing to take all of you out.
That's funny shit right there.
Posted by: sunny at May 30, 2007 11:25 AM (AJlZw)
And, who is responsible for her getting distributed all over the internet?
Can you say her?
Every teenager has a MySpace. It's required by hormonal law dear.
I am so proud of you Ace! You kept this clean. Was it the age?
Posted by: Rightwingsparkle at May 30, 2007 11:26 AM (qXPU8)
Yeah, like <i>nobody</i> else thought of it.
Posted by: mikeski at May 30, 2007 11:26 AM (TebSk)
Shoot the messenger.
Posted by: Bart at May 30, 2007 11:29 AM (DqKLf)
Somebody whipped up a fake MySpace for her. I believe that's in the article.
Seriously, her parents must be very proud of her.
Posted by: spongeworthy at May 30, 2007 11:31 AM (uSomN)
Posted by: Tushar D at May 30, 2007 11:32 AM (IlgNp)
And I still get hated on the intertubes.
Posted by: Tomtastic at May 30, 2007 11:33 AM (43ahd)
Posted by: Kasper Hauser at May 30, 2007 11:33 AM (KeOQp)
Posted by: Bart at May 30, 2007 11:34 AM (DqKLf)
All the more reason to get cracking on the human cloning thing.
Posted by: IllTemperedCur at May 30, 2007 11:36 AM (tVbxd)
Posted by: 5Cats at May 30, 2007 11:36 AM (cVijR)
Posted by: former republican at May 30, 2007 11:38 AM (7rZO4)
Posted by: Chris Hansen at May 30, 2007 11:40 AM (1Wvre)
Three facts to consider:
1. She's 18.
2. I live in Newport Beach.
3. You don't.
Posted by: Paulitics at May 30, 2007 11:41 AM (47+Ys)
Posted by: Max Power at May 30, 2007 11:42 AM (q177U)
Posted by: Hashfn at May 30, 2007 11:44 AM (56UMe)
I'll tell you guys the really scary part: this girl is not unique among women's pole vaulters. A few years ago, they held qualifying events in Track & Field for the US Olympic Team near where I lived at the time, and every one of the women's pole vaulting competitors looked like that. It was surreal, they were all so gorgeous.
The woman sprinters, on the other hand, looked like steroid abusing man-beasts.
Posted by: Wiz at May 30, 2007 11:45 AM (My+7t)
Half of them from some guy named "bart."
Posted by: ro-ro at May 30, 2007 11:45 AM (8xCvb)
2. I was actually very surprised at the high-toned and dignified discussion by Ace. Nothing leering or smutty about it.
3. Leave it to the commenters to add the necessary AOSHQ Lifestyle factor, of course.
4. I will contribute to the merriment:
One look at her, and she could clear 17'-4" on my pole ...
Posted by: Nordbuster at May 30, 2007 11:47 AM (jYT9+)
Sometimes, when a pole vaulter is having her period, and she's not feeling good about herself, she asks you "do I look ok"?
You have to say "no".
Posted by: Dave in Texas at May 30, 2007 11:51 AM (pzen5)
She'll be a contestant on Survivor, get really famous, get a couple
of acting jobs, lose her fame and public appeal, pose nude for Playboy,
and be in drug rehab by 2009.
Bart, you left out: "... date Dennnis Rodman ...."
That's why you know Britney's lying when she says she's hit rock bottom. Until she's been with The Worm, she ain't been there.
Posted by: Nordbuster at May 30, 2007 11:51 AM (jYT9+)
Posted by: Bart at May 30, 2007 11:53 AM (DqKLf)
I would definitely not hit that either.
Posted by: Carl in N.H. at May 30, 2007 11:55 AM (uTYho)
Posted by: Sinistar at May 30, 2007 11:57 AM (1Wvre)
And we'll see that she's married, 200 lbs, and the mother of two, living in her hometown.
And Tushar replied:
your pessimism is quite off-putting
Bart isn't being pessimistic. He's hoping to be the guy she marries.
Posted by: sandy burger at May 30, 2007 11:58 AM (Cpse7)
Posted by: Max Power at May 30, 2007 11:58 AM (q177U)
Posted by: 1sttofight at May 30, 2007 12:00 PM (51r8a)
She would be perfect for my youngest son, 24 year old Marine Sgt.
She would be (a) perfect (mom) for my (future) youngest son.
Posted by: middleroad at May 30, 2007 12:07 PM (4HL+S)
Posted by: madne0 at May 30, 2007 12:15 PM (eiA7K)
The girl shouldn't be compared to the typical Hollywood trolls...Lohan, Spears, Anderson, Hilton, etc. Big difference - she's smart/educated, athletic, and pretty without 10lbs of silicone & make-up. If she's really smart, she'll stay that way.
They only wish that they could be her.
P.S. took my 14 year old daughter off of MySpace. I monitored it once to see what was being said back and forth - and that was it. If you ever look into your kid's Myspace account and read what's going on.....you better take a sedative first.
Posted by: Nurse Cheri at May 30, 2007 12:30 PM (cz6lG)
If Kurt Thomas can star in Gymkata...
Posted by: CUS at May 30, 2007 12:30 PM (bbXZq)
Posted by: Botec at May 30, 2007 12:34 PM (D7pfm)
Wasn't that Jackie Mackey Paisley play the role of the landing mat?
Posted by: Editor at May 30, 2007 12:35 PM (adpJH)
I'm with Bart on this one. Faith in the human species is never well placed. We are bald monkeys.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to paint my naked body bright orange and go lay down on pole vaulting mat.
Posted by: Entropy at May 30, 2007 12:36 PM (HgAV0)
Posted by: leoncaruthers at May 30, 2007 12:47 PM (wSoj/)
Posted by: someone at May 30, 2007 12:49 PM (LS1TS)
Posted by: CUS at May 30, 2007 12:49 PM (bbXZq)
Note to all female actresses: This is what you should be aiming for - physically fit. Not a skin-draped skeleton - physically fit.
I wish the young lady the best; just watch that fame - it can turn on you in an instant. There are people who will speak ill of you if they can and others who will use your good nature to get everything from you. Watch what people do, not what they say they will do.
Good luck, kid.
Posted by: Mikey NTH at May 30, 2007 12:50 PM (TuKBW)
Before she was born. Sigh.
Posted by: geoff at May 30, 2007 12:55 PM (I/w6Z)
Posted by: someone at May 30, 2007 12:55 PM (LS1TS)
Posted by: dri at May 30, 2007 01:08 PM (koO9y)
Lindsey Wagner, eat your heart out.
Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at May 30, 2007 01:11 PM (Z0FnI)
Posted by: OregonMuse at May 30, 2007 01:12 PM (efWVJ)
Posted by: exdem13 at May 30, 2007 01:15 PM (I4jEf)
No artificial vajinas needed.
Posted by: Max Power at May 30, 2007 01:18 PM (q177U)
Posted by: ahem at May 30, 2007 01:23 PM (7V89X)
Sadly, nobody here is going to be the person inside.
Posted by: JackStraw at May 30, 2007 01:26 PM (t+mja)
Yeah, but what is disturbing to me is that I actually did the math in my head.
Posted by: Sheldon's Grandmother at May 30, 2007 01:44 PM (F/ysA)
Don't be a kill joy.
Posted by: Nom de Blog at May 30, 2007 01:44 PM (gxYF3)
Forgot to change my nick again.
Posted by: Xoxotl at May 30, 2007 01:45 PM (F/ysA)
Well, eat something out...
Posted by: IllTemperedCur at May 30, 2007 01:54 PM (tVbxd)
Posted by: someone at May 30, 2007 01:57 PM (LS1TS)
Posted by: IreneFingIrene at May 30, 2007 02:00 PM (c3AXa)
Hey, I'm just keeping it real Yo!
I mean look at her. She's not even real. I think those scientists who created the artificial vagina just said "Screw it, let's keep going" and they made a whole damn woman.
I'm going down to the police station first thing in the morning and take out my own restraining order. Beat her to the punch as it were.
Posted by: JackStraw at May 30, 2007 02:01 PM (t+mja)
Posted by: M. Navratilova at May 30, 2007 02:05 PM (7V89X)
Oh noez men think I'm hot!!!11
Am I supposed to feel sorry? Chick can at least be as famous as Lindsey Lohan.
Posted by: Mike at May 30, 2007 02:06 PM (NnpEK)
So, Paulitics, what you're trying to tell us is that you're already on her dad's stalker list?
I just stalked drove by NHHS yesterday.
Posted by: Paulitics at May 30, 2007 02:15 PM (47+Ys)
Suspension of disbelief, baby. Never forget that it's the key to enjoying what you know can't possibly be real.
Posted by: Nom de Blog at May 30, 2007 02:17 PM (gxYF3)
Posted by: eman at May 30, 2007 02:46 PM (FWrFx)
Posted by: Xoxotl at May 30, 2007 02:54 PM (F/ysA)
Posted by: Kensington at May 30, 2007 03:07 PM (kFwRi)
Thanks to Ace for the post.
But most of all, thanks to God for allowing such beauty.
I've had to lubricate Rosy Palmer. She's had quite a workout this PM. Nothing like the smell of baby batter and Head 'N Shoulders in the afternoon.
Posted by: Helmet at May 30, 2007 03:07 PM (ArZuL)
What, is this guy looking to drive himself crazy?
Otherwise, I'm quite certain I've stared at that photo for over 20 minutes trying to see camel toe.
Posted by: Jay at May 30, 2007 03:15 PM (Y7tfq)
Posted by: slug at May 30, 2007 03:16 PM (zWs8V)
Please be respectful.
That link you posted sucks. Who cares if her father is an ass of a defense attorney. She doesn't have anything to do with that.
The girl is beautiful. I'd be uncomfortable if she was my daughter.
Posted by: captkidney at May 30, 2007 03:18 PM (cb2+E)
Posted by: elcid016187 at May 30, 2007 04:15 PM (rvAb3)
Posted by: Bob Hawkins at May 30, 2007 04:31 PM (pnBkj)
And eh, her last name is decidedly Scandinavian and should be pronounced "sto-keh" not "sto-kay". God damn Americans always saying shit wrong.... *runs away*
Posted by: Seixon at May 30, 2007 04:47 PM (tSnqq)
Are you saying...
Posted by: someone at May 30, 2007 04:49 PM (LS1TS)
Posted by: wiserbud at May 30, 2007 05:02 PM (hp0Gj)
Posted by: Mike at May 30, 2007 05:10 PM (NnpEK)
Posted by: Chiara at May 30, 2007 05:56 PM (0bRnu)
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 30, 2007 07:08 PM (wmgz8)
Posted by: Emperor of Icecream at May 30, 2007 07:10 PM (+I2jS)
tsk! That poor girl, how will she have big bouncin babies with those skinny little hips?
I'm going to hell for what I thought about when I saw "big bouncin babies".
I was a sprinter in high school, and dated a high jumper. She wasn't worthy to carry Stokke's pole.. although she did a pretty good job with mine, ahthankyouverymuch.
Posted by: Frnk at May 30, 2007 07:30 PM (m1145)
Posted by: Scott at May 31, 2007 04:11 AM (FAHM2)
Posted by: Arbiter at May 31, 2007 06:04 AM (dPVWQ)
An old married man like me really doesn't need to see photographs like that. Y'all understand, of course, that want and need are two separate things.
Seriously: Her parents should be very proud of her.
Posted by: Kent at May 31, 2007 11:07 AM (GSLcH)
The one silver lining is her parents seem to be capable of helping her deal with this rationally.
But still, way to help not contribute to a problem, ace.
I think you're better off forgetting women exist. They seem happy to have done so with you.
Posted by: brad at May 31, 2007 03:42 PM (APKBX)
First of all, the most ogled Victor Sailer photo of Allison Stokke first appeared on dyestat.com, a high school running web site. That web site was founded by John Dye, a man in his mid-60's who has a particular fondness for putting photos of high school hotties on his site. Hot photos of minor-aged girls means page hits which means advertising dollars. Many of the hotties that DyeStat incessantly promotes during high school perform poorly in college because they are burned-out from being discussed in a sexual manner on the internet for so many years. John Dye sold DyeStat to Student Sports, a subsidiary of Nike, a few years ago but he still roams the sidelines every weekend as DyeStat’s “chief photographer”, looking for the next Allison Stokke presumably.
DyeStat to this day is particularly notorious for the bashing and objectification of female athletes. A cursory review of their message boards will prove it. The sad thing is DyeStat is a high school running web site run by adults. One would never know it.
The other person involved with blowing the Stokke photo completely out of proportion is Weldon Johnson, the co-founder of letsrun.com. He’s a man in his early 30’s. Johnson allows “hotness” threads on his message board, which does not require registration and has an “anything goes” attitude. Most of the inappropriate comments about Stokke seem to be written by older men on letsrun. Only extremely lurid comments are removed, and only infrequently. Anti-President Bush threads tend to disappear quickly on letsrun, but “hotness” threads tend to last forever--with thousands of posts.
The sad thing is, beside the sexual objectification of minor-aged female athletes in exchange for page hits and advertising dollars, is how humiliating this must be for the girls themselves. Any parent of an attractive teenage daughter would be crazy to have her participate in track and field at any level above intramurals. What strikes me as tragic is the fact that Allison Stokke and others of her ilk are national class athletes who have worked extremely hard for their success in the sport. The message board degradation is palpable.
The John Dyes, Weldon Johnsons and others in sports media need to take a look in their mirror and ask themselves whether they would appreciate forty-year-old men who live in their mother’s basement analyzing their daughter’s ass and boobs (while still in high school) on an internet web site. Or seventeen-year-old high school boys who have never been out on a date because they’ve never been able to log off the internet long enough to even talk to a girl. That is the demographic we’re talking about here, and for any webmaster with a brain and a bit of a backbone, it would seem easy to say, “ENOUGH!”
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