So most of you know this cute 18 year old pole vaulter's photos hit the Internet and she has become a meme of sorts. Her parents are outraged (according to one report), although... I still don't really get why. No one much cared about pole vaulting before this, and all the attention can only be good for her career. If pole vaulters even have careers. Who the hell knows, it's pole vaulting for heaven's sake.
Here is the girl in question for the curious (click for full size):
But is she good? Apparently. In high school, she won a 2004 California state pole vaulting title, broke five national records and earned a scholarship to the University of California.
A quote from the washington post article about Stokke:
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.
Control WHAT exactly? Your photo flying around the Internet? Since when does that demand control? How exactly does that make the Internet unruly?
I wish her luck. But someone ought to advise her that this kind of publicity is good publicity. She should be thankful that it doesn't involve a stolen home video or some racy photos taken after a night of partying.
Now, get on with the endorsement deals, Stokke.