Dick Fosbury was born in Portland, Oregon in 1947. As a high schooler in Medford, Oregon he revolutionized the high jump when he developed a new technique that quickly became known as "the Fosbury Flop." Great things were in store for him.
The Flop was developed during Dick’s high school years, from 1963 to 1965 when he won the National Junior Champ meet. It was perfected at Oregon State University under Coach Berny Wagner. Fosbury first cleared 7' during the 1968 indoor season and became National Champion at the NCAAs (National Collegiate Athletic Association) in 1968 and 1969. He won the Gold Medal at the Mexico City Olympic Games by clearing 7' 4 1/4", breaking Olympic and American records.
Fosbury made his record jump in Mexico City on his third attempt and was ranked #1 in the world following his 1968 victory. He turned professional in 1973 and joined the International Track Association (ITA). The Fosbury Flop has become the universal technique used by elite high jumpers globally.
Dick was elected to the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1981, and then to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1992. He was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in 2010, and has received numerous awards from sports and innovation organizations around the world.
Mr Fosbury is the past President and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the World Olympians Association. He is Vice President of the United States Olympians Association.
He is a retired licensed civil engineer and land surveyor who built a civil engineering firm in Ketchum, Idaho, Galena Engineering Inc. where he has resided since 1977. He currently serves as Honorary Chairman of the Simplot Games, the largest high school level indoor track meet in the USA. Dick continues to coach young athletes at Dick Fosbury Track Camps and gives clinics around the world to coaches and athletes.
Today, the USA Olympic Hall of Famer continues to travel the world inspiring young athletes and corporate partners while promoting the sport of Track & Field. In addition, Dick recently formally announced he intends to run for a seat in the Idaho Legislature Second District 26 this November, 2014.
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