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Honoring Innovation - Fosbury Flop Statue

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Flop Facts

May 03, 2018
  • Before the Fosbury Flop was introduced to the world, elite jumpers used what was called the straddle technique
  • Dick created the technique while on the track team at Medford High School
  • Dick was a junior at Oregon State when he competed in the Olympic Games in Mexico City in 1968
  • The track world was introduced to the Fosbury Flop on October 20, 1968
  • In 1968, Fosbury “flopped” his way to a gold medal, and an American and Olympic world record of 7’ 4.25” (2.24 meters)

Flop History

May 03, 2018

Dick Fosbury, a 1972 graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in civil engineering, was born in Portland, Ore., but grew up in Medford. According to Dick, the unique high-jump technique that he created was born not of the will to win, but the will to not lose, and is now the universal technique used by high jumpers everywhere.


In Dick’s own words from an April 30, 2014 interview with the Olympic Channel, he was the worst on his team and the league in the high jump. Through frustration and a focus to succeed, Fosbury honed his now world-renowned approach on the infield of Medford High School at the age of 16. Within a day, his body had caught up to his mind’s vision and he had improved half a foot on his jumps.


This success earned him a scholarship to Oregon State. While a junior in Corvallis, likely known then as the Best College Town in the Pac-8, Fosbury competed in the Olympic Games held in Mexico City. It was there that the world was introduced to what is now known as the Fosbury Flop. Dick flopped his way to a gold medal, and an American and Olympic record in the high jump.


Beyond all of the accolades, accomplishments, and adoration, Fosbury is most notably an innovator. His literal and figurative approach to his sport transcended the sport itself, and will continue to influence athletes for generations to come.


The definition of innovative is being or producing something like nothing done or experienced before; ahead of the times. Innovative is Dick Fosbury.

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Historic Anniversary

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Fosbury Flop on the world stage.


USA Measurement

In honor of the height in feet and inches (7' 4.25") Dick Fosbury elevated to during his jump-off in the 1968 Olympic finals.


Meter Measurement

In honor of the height in meters (2.24) Dick Fosbury elevated to during his jump-off in the 1968 Olympic finals.


Weight of Gold

In honor of the actual weight in grams of a gold medal like the one Dick Fosbury captured in 1968.


Record-Setting Date

In honor of the actual date (October 20) Dick Fosbury jumped into the history books in the finals of the Olympics in Mexico City.


Olympic Year

In honor of the year Dick Fosbury unveiled his new high jump technique at the Olympic Games in Mexico City.


New Heights

Honor the innovation of Dick Fosbury by taking your support of this project to a new height

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