Olympian, High Jump Pioneer Dick Fosbury Dies at 76

Published by
Sports Illustrated

By Nick Selbe Fosbury—a gold medalist at the 1968 Mexico City Games—innovated the sport with his “Fosbury Flop” technique Dick Fosbury, who revolutionized the sport of high jumping with his breakthrough technique that eventually bore his name, died on Sunday after a bout with lymphoma. He was 76. The man who trailblazed the high jump form that became known as the “Fosbury Flop” won a gold medal at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. The win was the culmination of a years-long journey that forever altered high jumping. Before Fosbury, jumpers typically cleared the bar by using what’s known a…

Read More