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Dick Fosbury tells a story during the Southern Oregon Sports Commission banquet in 2017. [MT FILE PHOTO]

Medford's Fosbury chosen for prep hall

Dick Fosbury, who revolutionized the high jump when he developed the Fosbury Flop technique while a student at Medford High, is among 12 individuals chosen for the National High School Hall of Fame.

The class will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations hall July 2 in Chicago.

Fosbury was an Olympic champion and two-time NCAA champion while attending Oregon State.

Fosbury won the gold medal at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics by clearing 7-4 1/4, an Olympic and American record at that time.

He was the 1968 and 1969 NCAA champion and placed second at the 1969 AAU meet. He graduated from OSU in 1972 with a civil engineering degree.

Fosbury revolutionized the high jump by replacing the traditional approach, the Western roll, with his backward style, consisting of a curved running approach, a modified scissor jump, and a back layout.

He landed on his lower neck and shoulders, which led to another innovation — the introduction of padded landing mats to replace the traditional sand landing pit.

He is a member of the Medford Sports Hall of Fame, the Pacific-12 Conference’s All-Century men’s track & field team, the OSU Sports Hall of Fame, the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, the U.S. Track & Field Hall of Fame and the World Humanitarian Hall of Fame.

Fosbury, a retired civil engineer, has lived in Ketchum, Idaho, since 1977. He’s president of Galena Engineering, which he founded, and remains a popular professional speaker around the world.

He’s the president of the U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Association.

 

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