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Dick Fosbury

American athletics competitor, high jumper

Dick Fosbury is ...


Born 6 March 1947 in Portland
Died 12 March 2023 in Salt Lake City
Age 76 years
Cause lymphoma

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Birth name Richard Douglas Fosbury
Manner of death natural causes
Occupation athletics competitor, politician, athlete and Olympic competitor
Height 1.93m (6'4")
Weight 100kg (220.5lbs)
Notable work Fosbury Flop
Country for sport United States of America
Sports discipline competed in high jump
Sport athletics
Participant in 1968 Summer Olympics
Educated at North Medford High School and South Medford High School
Sports discipline competed in high jump
Field of work athletics, horizontal jump, high jump and Olympic sport

About Dick Fosbury

Dick Fosbury: The High-Flying Rebel

Dick Fosbury is a name that will forever be etched in the annals of athletics history. Born on March 6, 1947, in Portland, Oregon, Fosbury revolutionized the high jump event with his unconventional technique that came to be known as the "Fosbury Flop." In the late 1960s, Fosbury's innovative approach to the high jump not only earned him a gold medal at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics but also changed the way high jumpers approached the event.

Fosbury's journey to Olympic glory was not an easy one. As a teenager, he struggled to find his footing in the high jump event, often finishing last in competitions. However, Fosbury refused to give up and began experimenting with different techniques. It was during his time at Oregon State University that Fosbury developed the technique that would make him a legend.

The Fosbury Flop involved jumping over the bar with his back facing the bar and his head and shoulders leading the way. This technique allowed Fosbury to clear the bar at greater heights than his competitors, and he soon became a force to be reckoned with in the high jump event.

At the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, Fosbury's unorthodox technique stunned the world as he cleared the bar at a height of 2.24 meters, setting a new Olympic record and winning the gold medal. Fosbury's victory not only marked a turning point in his career but also changed the way high jumpers approached the event.

Fosbury's legacy as a trailblazer in athletics has been recognized in numerous ways. In 1993, he was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame, and in 2019, he was awarded the prestigious Olympic Order for his contributions to the Olympic movement.

Today, Fosbury continues to inspire young athletes around the world with his story of perseverance and innovation. His legacy as a rebel who changed the game will forever be remembered in the world of athletics.


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