Dick Fosbury was born March 6, 1947 in Portland, Oregon. He was a fair basketball player, a terrible hurdler, and eventually zeroed in on the high jump as his event. The Flop was born in Medford Oregon in 1963 while Dick was in high school. He improved 6" in one high school meet and by 1965 he had improved enough to win the National Junior Champ meet.
Great things were in store for him.
The Flop was perfected at Oregon State University under Coach Berny Wagner. Dick 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 the Olympic and American records.
Dick 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 organizations around the world. He serves as Honorary Chairman of the Simplot Games, the largest high school level indoor track meet in the USA. Dick is Past President and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the World Olympians Association. He is Vice President of the United States Olympians Association.
Dick continues to coach young athletes at Dick Fosbury Track Camps and gives clinics around the world to coaches and athletes at all levels. The lessons learned from an elite Olympic career carry over to all aspects of life and Dick shares the story of what he was able to achieve with determination, focus and proper training at appearances globally.