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High School Pole Vaulter an Internet Sensation

May 9, 2007 – 11:07 AM
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Michael David Smith

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Yesterday I noted approvingly that swimmer Amanda Beard is posing for Playboy. So you might think I'd also approve of the way pole vaulter Allison Stokke has become an internet sensation because of her good looks.

Well, I don't. Take a look at this YouTube interview of Stokke (which has been viewed nearly 30,000 times) and you'll see why:

One difference between Stokke and Beard is obvious: Stokke is still in high school while Beard is a grown woman.

The other difference between Stokke and Beard is that Beard has accomplished what she set out to do in her athletic career and is now choosing to pursue a career in modeling. Stokke shows in the interview that she's serious about her sport and wants to focus on that, and she's had internet stardom thrust upon her. If, some day, Stokke chooses to pose for Playboy, fine. But right now, it's a little creepy that a young woman who's still in high school is garnering this kind of attention.
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