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  Dick Fosbury - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Richard Douglas "Dick" Fosbury (born March 6, 1947) is an American athlete who revolutionised the high jump using a back-first technique, now known as the Fosbury flop.
Dick Fosbury, born in Portland, Oregon, first started experimenting with this new technique at age 16, finding the variety of techniques used at the time - such as the "Eastern Cut Off", the "Straddle" and the "Scissors" - too complicated.
His high-jump technique was named the Fosbury flop using his last name instead of using his first name 'Dick' for obvious reasons.
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 MSN Encarta - Dick Fosbury
Dick Fosbury, born in 1947, American track-and-field athlete, who won the gold medal in the high jump event at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.
At the 1968 games Fosbury revolutionized the sport of high jumping with a new technique, which became known as the Fosbury Flop.
In 1968 Fosbury won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) indoor and outdoor high jump titles and placed third in the event at the United States Olympic trials.
ca.encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761582295/Fosbury_Dick.html   (291 words)

 CNNSI.com - SI Online - This Week's Issue of Sports Illustrated - SI Flashback: Being backwards gets results - Tuesday ...
The one who flops is his illustrious teammate, Olympic gold-medalist Dick Fosbury, who, with allusions to the teachings of Confucius and Lao-tzu, disclosed last weekend that he is going to quit Flopping for six weeks, because the spirit has stopped moving him.
Fosbury forsook the straddle for good, did 6'10" in his sophomore year and then, last season, as a junior, became the most consistent seven-footer in the nation.
Fosbury slipped on the studio floor trying to demonstrate the Flop, so the bar was lowered to 5'9", which he could have cleared classically.
sportsillustrated.cnn.com /features/cover/news/2000/07/21/fosbury_flash   (2442 words)

Fosbury came upon the Flop quite by accident, during his sophomore year in high school in Medford, Ore. He was a gangly kid and a struggling high jumper, sick of bowing out of competitions at five feet, getting nowhere but frustrated jumping straddle style.
Fosbury cleared seven feet at an indoor meet in Oakland early in 1968, and jumped 7-3 in the Olympic trials.
About 50 yards from where Fosbury is working with the Fordham Prep jumpers, a photo of his winning Olympic jump hangs in an exhibit of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, of which Fosbury is a member.
www.fordhamprep.org /track/0102/fosbury.htm   (968 words)

Fosbury's technique began by racing up to the bar at great speed and taking off from his right (or outside) foot.
Fosbury cleared every height through 2.22 metres without a miss and then achieved a personal record of 2.24 metres to win the gold medal.
It has since been shown that, unbeknownst to Fosbury, the first person to use the flop technique was actually a jumper from Montana named Bruce Quande, who was photographed flopping over a bar in 1963.
www.olympic.org /uk/athletes/heroes/bio_uk.asp?PAR_I_ID=18061   (191 words)

 Mitchell and Company - Management Consultants "20 Times Faster - Dick Fosbury and the Flop That Didn't"
Dick Fosbury, a high school student from Medford, OR, changed all of this.
Dick, like many other high jumpers in the country, learned the method of high jumping taught to him by his coaches and modeled after the usual straddle method.
Fosbury won the gold medal in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City by clearing 7' 4 1/4".
www.fastforward400.com /faster_fosbury.html   (738 words)

 Part 16 of 20: The Story of Dick Fosbury at the XIX Olympiad
Fosbury revolutionized the sport of high jumping with his innovative style, now known as the Fosbury Flop.
It is an understandable custom at the Olympics that when the marathon leader re-enters the stadium after spending a grueling several hours on the course, he or she gets the undivided attention of the crowd for the final lap.
Fosbury was about to start his run to the bar for the winning jump.
alumni.oregonstate.edu /eclips/history/may04_2001.html   (457 words)

 Fosbury will compete with no fear of flop
When Fosbury was first approached last year about being part of the World Masters Games, his idea was to participate in the opening ceremonies, conduct a clinic and lend his name to a good cause.
Fosbury, the Medford native whose famous "flop" at the Mexico City Games won him the gold medal and changed high jumping forever, took third in the 50-54 age group at the Nike World Masters Games on Wednesday, clearing 5 feet, 3 inches.
While Fosbury's mark was nowhere near his performance in front of 80,000 in Mexico City, Wednesday's leap -- in front of about 50 people -- was the first time he had competed in a meet in 25 years.
www.waterlootrackandfield.org /articles/fosbury.htm   (1996 words)

 Honolulu Star-Bulletin Sports
WHEN 21-year-old Dick Fosbury broke the Olympic high jump record by clearing the bar with his back to it at the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City, track and field traditionalists were aghast.
Fosbury is conducting a free clinic today at Punahou for youngsters from 10 a.m.
Fosbury said the answer lies in the fact that he was "a really uncoordinated and gangly" 6-3, 160-pound wannabe athlete.
starbulletin.com /1999/02/13/sports/story2.html   (955 words)

 sun valley guide : summer 2004 : Raising the bar — A man, the 'Flop' and an Olympic gold medal
Fosbury began experimenting with his technique as a 16-year-old and over the next two years improved his height from 5 feet 4 inches to 6 feet 7 inches.
Fosbury did go on to win the NCAA title in 1969 and place second in the AAU championships, but for all practical purposes his track and field forays were over.
Fosbury, still lean and fit at age 57, remains involved in both the Olympics and track and field.
www.svguide.com /s04/s04_fosburyflop.htm   (1584 words)

 USATF - Hall of Fame
At Oregon State University, Fosbury first cleared 7' during the 1968 indoor season and became a surprise winner at the Mexico City Olympics by clearing 7' 4 1/4" for Olympic and American records.
Fosbury's experiments began with him using the antiquated jump style called the "scissors," until his high school coach pressed him to use the "straddle," or "belly roll," which was then the high-jumping norm.
Fosbury often gave clinics for young athletes, in which he explained that the "flop" involved landing safely on one's shoulders, not one's neck, as was commonly feared.
www.usatf.org /HallOfFame/TF/showBio.asp?HOFIDs=57   (244 words)

 The Hindu : The Flop show
In his high school years the tall and lanky Fosbury was an average level jumper who used the straddle and roll style, which (along with the scissors method) was the widely accepted technique in those days without creating any waves.
It was in 1968 at the Olympic Games at Mexico that Fosbury put his method on show before the whole world and his stunning gold medal winning success in the face of a very strong challenge by the best jumpers of the day, finally silenced all his critics.
The inventor of this method, the unassuming Dick Fosbury, remained unfazed by all the publicity and adulation that his feat evoked.
www.hindu.com /mp/2004/06/03/stories/2004060301500400.htm   (691 words)

 Fosbury Flop   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
American Dick Fosbury revolutionized the sport of high jumping when he introduced the "Fosbury Flop" at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.
Fosbury, Dick (1947-), American track-and-field athlete, who won the gold medal in the high jump event at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.
He was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1981 and into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1992.
www.muhs.acsu.k12.vt.us /physics/HighJump/fosburyflop.htm   (314 words)

 The New York Times: This Day In Sports
NEW YORK-Fearless Fosbury is a 21-year-old senior at Oregon State University with a major in civil engineering, two bad feet, a worn-out body, an unbelievable style of high-jumping head first on his back, a habit of talking to himself in midair-and a gold medal and an Olympic record.
Dick Fosbury had discovered as a schoolboy that by lowering his center of gravity by stretching out on his back he could actually jump higher.
Dick Fosbury using the "Fosbury Flop," a then-unorthodox head-first, back-to-the-bar method of high jumping, at the Mexico City Games.
www.nytimes.com /packages/html/sports/year_in_sports/10.20.html   (693 words)

 Focus: Object or Cue Ball Last?
Until another Dick Fosbury comes along to shake up the sport, I will assume that the fundamentals taught by the majority of instructors are best.
Although I advise students to look at the object ball last (after aligning the tip, confirming the path and hit, and glancing back and forth from the cueball to the object ball to confirm all of the details), there are times when focusing on the cueball last may be the viable choice.
Had Dick Fosbury listened to his critics, high jumpers world wide would still be doing the belly roll.
www.billiardworld.com /frstlast.html   (992 words)

 Dick Fosbury --  Encyclopædia Britannica
Dick, Philip K. American science-fiction writer whose novels and short stories often depict the psychological struggles of characters trapped in illusory environments.
U.S. high jumper Dick Fosbury introduced to track and field a style of jumping that became a standard in the sport.
U.S. figure skater Dick Button was born Richard Totter Button in Englewood, N.J. Button became the youngest person to hold the U.S. Senior Men's title when he won the competition in 1946 at age 16, retaining that crown through 1952.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9002644?tocId=9002644   (734 words)

 IAAF International Association of Athletics Federations - IAAF.org - News
Dick Fosbury who revolutionized the world of high jumping when introducing what would be remembered as the “Fosbury Flop” has donated an autographed framed picture of his jumping technique to the IAAF humanitarian project Athletics for a Better World.
It was as a high schooler in Medford, Oregon, that Fosbury developed his new technique that worked so well that he improved by 30 centimetres in high school.
Fosbury’s donation will be auctioned at the end of the year and all profits donated to the United Nations Associations: FAO, UNICEF and WFP.
www.iaaf.org /news/Kind=2/newsId=32831.html   (683 words)

 ESPN Classic - Fosbury Flop dazzles crowd, earns Olympic gold
Dick Fosbury goes about his business differently than other high jumpers.
The Olympics marks the international debut of the celebrated "Fosbury Flop" and Fosbury delights the capacity crowd of 80,000 in Mexico City with his technique.
Fosbury gives the United States its 15th and final gold medal in track and field.
espn.go.com /classic/s/moment011020-fosbury-flop.html   (173 words)

 The Observer | Sport | Dick Fosbury
When I started, I chose the scissors technique, as it was the simplest, but even then it was antiquated.
I keep an eye on the high jump - to see Javier Sotomay or [the Cuban world record holder] clear eight feet was wonderful - but can't imagine that there 'll be a technique that could prove better than the flop.
Fosbury wasn't the only one making history at Mexico...
observer.guardian.co.uk /osm/story/0,,1720842,00.html   (884 words)

 Dick Fosbury
Dick Fosbury - Athlete, born 6 March 1947, The high jumper who came up with the Fosbury Flop
The Fosbury flop is still a big hit.
The Originals: They were the athletes who brough something unique to their sports, be it of substance or style.
www.infoplease.com /ipsa/A0109192.html   (326 words)

 Part 14 of 20: Track and Field's "Golden Years."
High jumper Dick Fosbury (more about Dick in a minute), discus thrower Tim Vollmer, and Terry Thompson, winner of the Pac-8 880, were named All-American.
Bottom right: When high jumper Dick Fosbury won a Gold Medal at the Mexico City Olympics in '68, he was already well-known to Beaver track fans.
When Dick Fosbury won the Gold Medal at the Mexico Olympics in '68, he was already well-known to Beaver track fans around the country.
alumni.oregonstate.edu /eclips/history/april20_2001.html   (313 words)

Describing the "Fosbury Flop" that won him a gold medal.
In part: "The 1968 Olympics marked the international debut of Dick Fosbury and his celebrated 'Fosbury Flop,' which would soon revolutionize high-jumping.
Fosbury's technique began by racing up to the bar at great speed and taking off with his left foot.
www.galleryofhistory.com /archive/10_2000/sports/RICHARD_FOSBURY.htm   (199 words)

 The School Athletics Center - Copernicus Education Gateway
The name Fosbury is synonymous with the high jump because Dick Fosbury was the man who innovated one of the most radical changes in the sport.
He introduced the world to his "Fosbury Flop" on his way to winning the 1968 Olympic gold medal, setting new American and Olympic records.
Dick Fosbury shares insights from his athletic and business experiences when speaking to business groups, coaches, and athletes about innovation, success, and hard work.
romulus.edgate.org /school_athletics/educator/athlete_profiles/archive/07.html   (359 words)

 Bates College | Dick Fosbury helps raise the bar
By late June, Belcher was coaching the high jump with Dick Fosbury, whose "Fosbury Flop" jumping technique revolutionized the event in the 1960s, particularly after he won the Olympic gold with a leap of 7-4 1/4 at the 1968 Mexico City Games.
Fosbury works just one track camp each year, and 2003 marks the 12th consecutive summer he's chosen Bates.
For Belcher, who has run his own day track camp for several years, the opportunity both to work with Fosbury and return to his alma mater was a double blessing.
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 You don't know Dick! - Printer-friendly Answer Key   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Well known as Rob Petrie on the The Dick Van Dyke Show which ran until 1966 and was a fundamental step towards the modern notion of a TV sitcom.
Dick Solomon, their High Commander, is a physics teacher at an Ohio University.
Dick was inducted into the NAB Radio Hall of Fame in April 2002.
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 People Weekly: Dick Fosbury. (the 1968 high jump gold medal winner now lives in Idaho and works as an engineer and ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
It's called the Fosbury Flop, but the creator of today's standard high- jump technique says a more accurate name might be the Fosbury Fluke.
In 1963, Dick Fosbury was a gangly and slightly uncoordinated sophomore at Oregon's Medford High trying to master a high-jump scissors maneuver called the straddle.
In the bus on the way to a meet, Fosbury decided to try his own approach: He turned his back to the bar, then flipped his head and shoulders over first and jumped 5'10"--surprising everyone, not least himself.
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1G1:18457190&refid=holomed_1   (254 words)

 Sports Illustrated: The Fosbury flop is still a big hit. (Dick Fosbury's revolutionary high-jump style now the ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
In 1966 a freshman high jumper from California arrived at Oregon State in Corvallis, took one look at Dick Fosbury's backward style and laughed.
He didn't figure Fosbury, then a sophomore, was going to be much competition.
Two years later, Fosbury won the Olympic gold medal in Mexico City, and his style instigated a revolution that changed the art of high jumping forever.
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1G1:6625902&refid=ip_almanac_hf   (246 words)

 Welcome to FosburyFlop.net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
In 1968, at the Mexico City Olympic Games, Dick Fosbury won a gold medal in the high-jump event with a revolutionary technique he invented.
Until Fosbury, no one had thought to jump backwards over the crossbar.
Since Fosbury's inspirational victory, every competitive high jumper has used his technique, aptly named the 'Fosbury Flop'.
www.fosburyflop.net /inspiration.html   (118 words)

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