Olympic High Jump Legend Dick Fosbury Dies At 76
Olympic high jump champion, Dick Fosbury, who revolutionized the event with a different jump technique that was eventually named after him, has died at 76.
This was disclosed by his agent Ray Schulte via Instagram on Monday.
Fosbury won gold in the high jump at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, where he jumped back first to clear the bar, a technique that has since been named the ‘Fosbury Flop’ and used by all high jumpers today.
Announcing the death, Schulte wrote, “It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that longtime friend and client Dick Fosbury passed away peacefully in his sleep early Sunday morning after a brief recurrence of lymphoma.
“The track and field legend is survived by his wife Robin Tomasi, son Erich Fosbury and stepdaughters Stephanie Thomas-Phipps and Kristin Thompson.”
Fosbury’s gold and contribution to the sport earned him a spot in the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.
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