An Athletic Family
The widespread usage of social media has resulted in a number of people becoming famous by accident. Some may have talent — while others may garner notoriety for ‘other’ reasons. In the case of Allison Stokke, both occurred. As an innocent 17-year-old high school athlete in California, her life changed forever
A native of Southern California, Allison grew up in a loving and athletic family. Her older brother was recognized growing up as a National Youth gymnast. Allison tried to become a gymnast as well. However, she quickly found out that she was destined to star in another sport.
13Welcome to Pole Vaulting
As fate would have it, Allison fell in love with the sport of pole vaulting. She ultimately developed into one of the greatest pole vaulters in high school pole vaulting history. However, something else overshadowed her brilliance on the athletic field.
A True Prodigy
Allison enrolled at Newport Harbor High School. As a high school freshman in 2004, Allison broke the American record for high school freshmen when she vaulted 12 feet, 7.75 inches. As a sophomore, she set a country-wide high school record with a 13 feet, 5.75-inch effort. Allison was so good, that she won the CIF California State Championship.