Sunday, August 17, 2008
Great Olympic Moments: Dick Fosbury
There are athletes. There are great athletes. And then there are the athletes who are truly revolutionary - who change their sport because of their ability and their innovations.
Dick Fosbury was such an athlete. Before Fosbury, high jumpers used one technique. After Fosbury, they used another - the "Fosbury Flop."
Fosbury became somewhat of a folk hero in Mexico City at the 1968 Olympiad, where he won the gold medal utilizing what then was an unusual, even scoffed-at technique. You don't hear his name spoken that often anymore, but he remains one of the greatest Olympians.