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Dick Fosbury created a new style of executing the high jump that revolutionized the event - now known as the Fosbury Flop.

Deirdre Ann Mullen of the US competes in the women's high jump during the Pan American Games on Wednesday Oct 26 in Guadalajara, Mexico

"Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even." -- Muhammad Ali, boxer

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!