Our Legacy in Brief / Dick Fosbury

Medford Senior High School high jumper Dick Fosbury turned the world of track and field upside-down in 1963 when he unveiled the "Fosbury Flop."

The athlete began tinkering with his traditional scissors technique in an attempt to better his jump, eventually coming up with a new jump in which he rolled over the bar backwards and head first.

On a spring day in 1963 at the Grants Pass Rotary meet, Fosbury cleared 5 feet 10 inches with his new technique, 6 inches higher than his previous best.

Before he retired, he won three Pacific-8 championships for Oregon State University, two NCAA titles and a gold medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, where he cleared 7 feet 41/2; inches.

Now, there is hardly a high jumper in the world who doesn't use the Fosbury Flop.


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