SMALL CALIF. PAPER STOKES WEB FRENZY WITH PHOTO: It’s been a crappy last couple weeks for Allison Stokke.
First, the prodigious SoCal high school pole vaulter has been deluged by unwanted admirers on the internet since sports bloggers (With Leather apparently was first out of the box) went hog wild over her gorgeous face and figure.
And last Saturday at a meet in Norwalk, CA., she thought she had cleared a personal best of 13-10 (which would be the best mark in the U.S. this year) only to find out that meet officials had made a mistake (twice!) in measuring the heights of her vaults. She did however still qualify for the state finals.Stokke and her parents have now officially broken their silence on her sweeping internet celebrity, first to the NEWPORT (CA) DAILY PILOT newspaper last Friday. The WASHINGTON POST, which sent a reporter to the Norwalk meet, follows up with a piece about her today.
The Pilot made the curious decision to run an attractive posed shot of Stokke with its chronicling of “attention (that) has taken a lewd — and in one case downright fraudulent — turn.“:
The Post pairs its piece with a more appropriate image, while portraying an even starker scene: “The wave of attention has steamrolled Stokke and her family in Newport Beach, Calif. She is recognized — and stared at — in coffee shops.
“She locks her doors and tries not to leave the house alone. Her father, Allan Stokke, comes home from his job as a lawyer and searches the Internet. He reads message boards and tries to pick out potential stalkers.“We all feel sympathy for Stokke and you can understand her paranoia, which at some point will diminish. The sometimes inappropriate *admiration* she’s receiving is no different than other high-profile sports figures like Danica Patrick, Erin Andrews and Natalie Gulbis.
Yes, it is different because of her age, but that’s where the parents step in to mitigate the paranoia quotient. So it worries me to read that her dad is scouring message boards to “pick out potential stalkers“. His efforts, while well-meaninged, aren’t going to change anything and will likely only fuel his daughter’s distracted state.
Stokke herself to the W-P: “Even if none of it is illegal, it just all feels really demeaning.”
Again, we should tread lightly when it comes to this kind of situation, but with rhetoric like that, at the very least she can rest easy in knowing that she’ll fit right in at her intended college of choice: Cal.