Dick Fosbury

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Birthday
6, 1947
Birthplace
Oregon
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
6, 1947 (age 71)
Birthplace
Oregon

About

Olympic gold medal winning high jumper who revolutionized the sport, developing the back-first technique that later became standard practice.

Before Fame

He competed in track and field at Oregon State University.

Trivia

His high jumping technique was initially met with scrutiny and was dubbed the "Fosbury Flop" because people thought he looked like a fish flopping in a boat when he jumped.

Family Life

He grew up in Medford, Oregon.

Associated With

He took his gold medal at the 1968 Olympics where African-American runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos famously promoted civil rights by raising their black-gloved fists in the air.

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