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    • Leapoffaith
    • Guilherme Paulovicguilherme@paulovic.orgpaulovic.org
    • The questionsometimes isthe question.?
    • Have you ever tried highjump?Image credits: http://www.flickr.com/photos/george_eastman_house/3333249917/
    • Image credits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBtBdNHBNSI
    • Image credits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBtBdNHBNSI
    • It seems to be not soeasy.And in fact, it is not.
    • Let’s watch avideo.Image credits: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalarchives/3002426059/
    • Indeed, at the1968Olympics in Mexico itwas the first time eversomeone jumped in thatfashion.
    • Mind-blowing, huh?That’s weird.
    • Can you imagine how ithad been before?
    • In the beginning it wasSTRADDLE, SCISSORSetc etc ...
    • Let’swatchanothervideo.Image credits: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalarchives/3002426059/
    • Image credits: http://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/7627979920/Straddle.
    • Image credits: http://www.flickr.com/photos/national_library_of_australia_commons/7673975586/Scissors.
    • Old-fashioned.Blame it onDick Fosbury.
    • 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.
    • We should jump on ourcrazy ideas too.
    • That’s it.Let’s rock!