Dick Fosbury

1947 - Today

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Richard Douglas Fosbury (born March 6, 1947) is an American retired high jumper, who is considered one of the most influential athletes in the history of track and field. Besides winning a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics, he revolutionized the high jump event with a "back-first" technique, now known as the Fosbury Flop, along with Debbie Brill and her Brill Bend, adopted by almost all high jumpers today. His method was to sprint diagonally towards the bar, then curve and leap backwards over the bar, which gave him a much lower center of mass in flight than traditional techniques. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dick Fosbury has received more than 757,015 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Dick Fosbury is the 12th most popular athlete (up from 15th in 2019), the 1,027th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,387th in 2019) and the 5th most popular American Athlete.

Dick Fosbury was a high jumper and is most famous for inventing the Fosbury Flop. The Fosbury Flop is a technique in which the jumper does not bend their knees, but instead throws themselves backwards and upwards, using the momentum to propel them over the bar.

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Among athletes, Dick Fosbury ranks 12 out of 3,055Before him are Spyridon Louis, Luz Long, Jānis Lūsis, Bob Beamon, Carl Lewis, and Dana Zátopková. After him are Thomas Burke, Ray Ewry, Stanisława Walasiewicz, Robert Shavlakadze, Felix Baumgartner, and Usain Bolt.

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Among people born in 1947, Dick Fosbury ranks 49Before him are Bruno Latour, Florian Schneider, Richard Griffiths, Dick Advocaat, Óscar Tabárez, and Jonathan Banks. After him are Richard Dreyfuss, Gerd Binnig, Zahi Hawass, Robert Englund, Barbara Bach, and Margaret Chan.

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Among people born in United States, Dick Fosbury ranks 1,027 out of 15,968Before him are Ben E. King (1938), G. Stanley Hall (1846), Steve Buscemi (1957), Shelley Winters (1920), Suzi Quatro (1950), and James Horner (1953). After him are James Cagney (1899), Chris Isaak (1956), John Foster Dulles (1888), William Miller (1782), Lionel Richie (1949), and Dick Van Dyke (1925).

Among ATHLETES In United States

Among athletes born in United States, Dick Fosbury ranks 5Before him are Jesse Owens (1913), Louis Zamperini (1917), Bob Beamon (1946), and Carl Lewis (1961). After him are Thomas Burke (1875), Ray Ewry (1873), Bobby Morrow (1935), Wilma Rudolph (1940), Al Oerter (1936), Mike Powell (1963), and Ellery Harding Clark (1874).