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Dick Fosbury unveiling the Fosbury Flop in 1968. Changed the high jump forever.
Dick Fosbury using the "Fosbury Flop," a then-unorthodox head-first, back-to-the-bar method of high jumping, at the Mexico City Games. He cleared 7 feet 41/4 inches for a gold medal and a world record. He was from Medford, Oregon!
"High jumper mid action attempting Fosbury Flop" by International Rescue (Creative image #: 83373918 @ Getty Images)
One of great example of creativity and innovation is Dick Fosbury, a former track and field athlete who revolutionized the high jump event. Until the 1968 Mexico Olympics, the customary way for a high jumper to cross the bar was with his body parallel to it, in a technique known as the Western Roll. But that was about to change. A little-known athlete approached the bar, which was set at a world record height of 7ft 4¼ inches, far higher then the previous world record, 5ft 8 inches. He took off , but instead of turning his body towards the bar, he turned his back on it. He brought his legs up and flipped over the bar backwards. Yes, he is Dick Fosbury. His method of jumping became known as the Fosbury Flop. It is still used today. He jumped higher than any man before, by thinking opposite from everyone else, by thinking creative and innovative and he successed to maximize his potential.
1968 Mexico City Olympics: Bob Beamon Queens native Bob Beamon jumped his way into the Olympic record books in 1968 when he shattered the world record in the long jump in the thin air of Mexico City. Beamon's mark stood for nearly 23 years before fellow American Mike Powell finally bested him in 1991. His historic jump was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the five greatest sports moments of the century.