Dick Fosbury“Fearless Fosbury is a 21-year-old senior at Oregon StateUniversity with a major in civilengineering, two bad feet, aworn-out body, an unbelievablestyle of high-jumping head ﬁrston his back, a habit of talking tohimself in midair (...)” - NYTimes, Oct 20th, 1968.
In the 1960s he was anunremarkable (kid)athlete who preferredthe scissors jumpingstyle.
His coach would forcehim to use the then-popular straddletechnique.
He couldn’t have jumpedmore than 1.62m.
Then, when he was 16he started scissoringagain and he cleared1.77m.
He adapted the scissorsstyle with a twist at thelast moment beforejumping.
This way he jumped2.0m and won a nationaljunior championship.
He got it right andheaded to Olympics inMexico City.
A crowded stadium,quiet spectators and anawkward movement.
The rest is history.
Experts said he’d breakhis neck, but...
But he broke theOlympic record and wongold jumping 2.24m.
Anyway, it was strange.Really strange.
Fosbury evolved histechnique based onother ones he was usedto.
He used adifferentlens.Image credits: http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/nationaalarchief/4192749083
There was no “eureka”moment. It took timeand a series of errorsand attempts.
So that he could jumpgraciously.
Sometimes we havecrazy ideas, awkwardthoughts and we’re theonly ones who believeon it.
We are told to bewrong, and wesometimes are.
But to those genuinethings that blossom inour thoughts.
We’d better experimentand reﬁne it.
Fosbury Flop haschanged the sportdespite skepticism fromcoaches and judges.