Allison Stokke is a beautiful pole vaulter and fitness model who first came into limelight after one of her pictures went viral on various social media platforms. This also raised a debate as to whether the high popularity of the picture posed a threat to underaged girls who might become increasingly sexualized publicly. She became even more popular when her background in the sport showed that she recorded one of the highest vaults for girl athletes below 17 years of age. Despite her impressive records as a pole vaulter in high school, she failed to get a spot on the American Olympic team in 2012. Nevertheless, she still competes on a national level. Find out more interesting things about her below.
Allison Stokke Bio
Allison Stokke (Allison Rebecca Stokke) was born to Allan Stokke (father) and Cindy Stokke (mother) in Newport Beach, California on the 22nd of March 1989. She became interested in sports when she was still very young as her elder brother named David who was a gymnast competing in the youth national level became a source of inspiration to her.
She initially tried to take on gymnastics as well but soon switched to pole vaulting when she was a student at the Newport High School. Soon enough, Allison improved greatly to become one of the best young pole vaulters in the country. In 2004, she recorded a vault of 3.81 m (12 ft 6 inches) to win the United States title at the age of 15/16.
Still as a freshman, Allison Stokke made a vault of 3.86 m (12 ft 7 3/4 inches) to break the American record for a high school freshman. The following year (2005) as a sophomore, she made a vault of 4.11 m (13 ft 5 3⁄4 inches) to set a new high school record. She became lauded for having the best vaults executed by an American teenager below 17 years of age. Moreso, her consistent spirit and drive caused her to win the CIF California State Meet, twice in high school even with a broken leg. By the time she was a senior, Allison Stokke’s vault of 4.14 m (13 ft 6 3/4 inches) made her rank second in the national high school chart for top vaulters.
Viral Picture and College
In 2007, Allison got her picture taken by a journalist during a competition held in New York. The image which was initially meant for a track and field website in California got re-posted to a sports blog with a large male following. Her picture was posted with the heading “Pole Vaulting is Sexy, Barely Legal.” Being that Allison was aged 17 when this happened, the journalist threatened to sue the sports blog owners if they refused to remove her picture from their site.
However, the article alongside her picture had gone viral already and was quite popular on social media to the point that big publication outlets had carried the article including; The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. Though she gained a whole lot of following for her picture, CBS aired a story centered around the dangers of sexualization of young people publicly.
After completing high school, she progressed to college at the University of California, Berkeley. While she was there, she earned herself a Regional Level All-Academic Honors as well as an All-American Honors at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships. In 2012 she tried to get an Olympic ticket but failed to qualify.
As a pole vaulter, Allison Stokke didn’t make quite a huge amount of money from her sports career especially since she couldn’t qualify for the Olympics in 2012. But with her side earnings from being a fitness model with sports clothing companies like Nike and Athleta, among others, she has an estimated net worth of $100,000.
Relationship With Rickie Fowler
Being that Allison Stokke is not only popular for her vaulting skills, her radiant beauty also makes her a top catch for powerful and equally successful men. No doubt many of her fans have sought to find out what her relationship status is especially since she has been pictured with the top golfer Rickie Fowler more often than usual. Well, the fact is that Allison and Rickie are actually in a relationship. They both met in April 2017 and having dated for over a year, the pair got engaged in June 2018. However, details about their wedding are yet to be disclosed.
Where Is She Now
Due to the fact that she couldn’t advance her career by qualifying for the Olympics, she works as a model on the side and has promoted some sports gears owned by prominent sports clothing companies like Athleta and Nike Inc.
She currently works with GoPro to make pole vaulting tutorial videos which have seen millions of views on Youtube. She still does a few national pole vaulting events even though her career in the sport has dwindled. Her latest vault appearance took place in 2017 at the Austin Longhorn Invitational where she recorded a height of 4.27 m for third place.