Nebraska pole vaulter Jess Gardner has had a busy summer.
While some of her collegiate counterparts like LSU’s Olivia Dunne and Mississippi State’s Brylie St. Clair have made a ton of headlines for their NIL-inspired social media activity, Gardner has been quite active in her own right.
Thanks to her crazy vacation pictures and memorable shower video, Gardner has cultivated a sizeable following. As a result, any time she publishes anything to her social media accounts, it goes viral.
This week proved to be no exception.
Gardner is currently in the middle of a vacation, and the pictures from her travels set the internet ablaze over the weekend.
But Gardner is doing quite well for herself, too. What has really aided her in building such a sizable fan base is the fact that Nebraska’s sports scene had been an absolute desert in recent years.
The Huskers have struggled to regain any semblance of respectability in football over the past few seasons. Obviously the hope is that adding Matt Rhule will change that, but the Carolina Panthers had the same thought. And we all know how that worked out for them.
What a week for the Minnesota Vikings. https://t.co/HcLKaVrTxp
— Game 7 (@game7__) August 19, 2023
And the school’s basketball squad is somehow even more underwhelming than the football team.
That has opened up a pathway for stars in lesser-followed sports like pole-vaulting to emerge.
Will Gardner continue to serve as one of Nebraska’s biggest sports personalities in 2023 the way she was in 2022? Time will tell.