Dick Fosbury Olympic athlete

Dick fosbury

Richard Douglas "Dick" Fosbury (born March 6, 1947) is one of the most influential athletes in the history of track and field. He completely revolutionized the high jump event, inventing a unique "back-first" technique, now known as the Fosbury Flop, adopted by almost all high jumpers today. His method was to sprint diagonally towards the bar, then curve and leap backwards over the bar. He continues to be involved in athletics as President of the World Olympians Association Fosbury, who was born in Portland, Oregon, first started experimenting with a new high jumping technique at age 16, while attending high school in Medford, Oregon. Fosbury had difficulty competing using the dominant high jumping techniques of the period. In his sophomore year, he failed to complete jumps of 5 feet, the qualifying height for many high school track meets. This dominant technique, the straddle method, was a complex motion where an athlete went over the high jump bar facing down, and lifted his legs individually over the bar. Fosbury found it difficult to coordinate all the motions involved in the straddle method, and began to experiment with other ways of doing the high jump.

Personal details

Date of birth
March 6th, 1947
Place of birth
Portland, Oregon, United States of America
United States of America
Places lived
Corvallis , Oregon
pop. 55,298 (2013)
Portland , Oregon
pop. 609,456 (2013)
Medford , Oregon
pop. 77,677 (2013)


1. Oregon State University Colleges/University

Oregon State University (OSU) is a coeducational, public research university located in Corvallis, Oregon, United States. The university offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees and a multitude of research opportunities. There are more than 200 academic degree programs offered through the university. OSU's programs in microbiology, nuclear engineering, ecology, forestry, public health, biochemistry, zoology, oceanography, food science and pharmacy are recognized nationally as top tier programs. In recent years, OSU's liberal arts programs have also grown significantly. More than 200,000 people have attended OSU since its founding. The Carnegie Foundation classifies Oregon State University as a "very high research activity" university.

Institution info

Type Public university
2013. 477 mil. $
2012. 441 mil. $
2010. 372 mil. $
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104 Kerr Administration Building, 97331 - Corvallis, Oregon
2013. 23,161
2010. 19,557
2009. 18,073
2013. 4,179
2010. 4,196
2009. 3,618
Acceptance rate
2013. 67.7 %
2010. 81.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 8.54 K $
2011. 7.6 K $
2010. 7.12 K $
2009. 6.73 K $
2008. 6.19 K $
Official web page www.oregonstate.edu
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Personal movie appearances

Title Year Appearance type Budget Awards Producers Directors Writers
2008 Him/Herself
Fists of Freedom: The Story of the '68 Summer Games
1999 Archive Footage 1
George Roy
Steven Stern
George Roy
Steven Stern

Olympic medals

1968 Summer Olympics Mexico City

The 1968 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIX Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event held in Mexico City, Mexico, in October 1968. These were the first Olympic Games to be staged in Latin America and the first to be staged in a Spanish-speaking country. They were also the third Games to be held in autumn, after the 1956 Games in Melbourne and the 1964 Games in Tokyo. The Mexican Student Movement of 1968 happened concurrently and the Olympic Games were correlated to the government's repression.

Medal Event Date Location Other medalists
athletics - Men's High Jump


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