Twenty years ago, your typical female pole vaulter was a bulky East European that was often the butt of jokes and targeted for drug testing. Well along came a pretty California high school pole vaulter, Allison Stokke, who became a reluctant Internet sensation. I did a post and it gets dozens of hits every day. She is certainly pretty but her popularity can't be just due to her looks. I think it has a lot to do with how she broke from the athletic stereotype.
Well it looks as if Allison's popularity might be eclipsed. An Australian pole vaulter, Melanie Adams, is about the same age and perhaps more striking in the beauty department. Not only does she have aspirations to be an Olympic athlete but also to have a modeling career. Not sure if she is a good enough athlete but a modeling career is realistic. She's been vaulting since the age of 11. She has her sights set on the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and the 2012 London Olympics.