Dick Fosbury jumping during the Olympic Games. He won the gold medal in the high jump. Photo by Getty.
He tried athletics and, having had a go at a few disciplines, found this was the one at which he was least useless. But Fosbury still spent many years towards the wrong end of the usefulness scale. He likes to tell a story to illustrate just how average he was before he perfected the technique that was to astonish the world and make his name famous: in the mids, while he was at college.
Fosbury revolutionized the high jump by inventing his own twisting way of jumping over the bar, now known as the "Fosbury Flop". He perfected the technique on the way to winning the gold medal in the high jump in the Mexico City Olympics. Posted: Mar 1, PM.
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He is also known for a much greater reason. Fosbury revolutionized the high jump in the Olympics in Mexico when he introduced the world to the "Fosbury Flop". Before the Fosbury Flop high jumpers used the straddle or the scissor techniques to clear the bar.
Show All Days. He started jumping over bars in the fifth grade with the orthodox scissor-kick, and cleared 3 feet 10 inches. Before he springs from the pad like some great rocket lifting off, Dick Fosbury meditates, worries, psyches himself.
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Richard Douglas Fosbury born March 6, is an American retired high jumperwho is considered one of the most influential athletes in the history of track and field. Besides winning a gold medal at the Olympics, he revolutionized the high jump event with a "back-first" technique, now known as the Fosbury Flopadopted by almost all high jumpers today. His method was to sprint diagonally towards the bar, then curve and leap backwards over the bar, which gave him a much lower center of mass in flight than traditional techniques. He continues to be involved in athletics and serves on the executive board of the World Olympians Association.
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The Mexico City Olympics marked the international debut of Dick Fosbury and his celebrated "Fosbury flop," which would soon revolutionize high-jumping. At the time, jumpers took off from their inside foot and swung their outside foot up and over the bar. Fosbury's technique began by racing up to the bar at great speed and taking off from his right or outside foot. The he twisted his body so that he went over the bar head first with his back to the bar.