from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Fosbury, Richard D. Known as "Dick.” Born 1947. American athlete. He won a gold medal in the high jump at the 1968 Olympics, revolutionizing the event by going over the bar head first and backwards in what became known as the "Fosbury flop.”

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  • n. United States athlete who revolutionized the high jump by introducing the Fosbury flop in the 1968 Olympics (born in 1947)


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  • He employed folksy phrases such as "the bee that got in my bonnet," and he attempted an education metaphor using a high-jump style known as the "Fosbury Flop."

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  • He relates this boost to the revolutionizing of the high jump in 1968, when Olympic athlete Dick Fosbury jumped over the bar backward, now a standard technique known as the Fosbury flop.

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  • So when a novel approach gets criticized because if does something very differently, remember the Fosbury Flop and the two-handed backhand.

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  • A few years later in 1968, as a senior, Dick Fosbury won not only the NCAA championship but an Olympic gold medal using his "Fosbury Flop."

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  • The long-jump is won by American Dick Fosbury, whose distinctive headfirst "Fosbury Flop" method is now widely used.

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  • The design may look inelegant, said Mr. Whittaker, but he recalls the story of Dick Fosbury, whose highly unorthodox method of high jumping—the Fosbury flop—at first drew laughter and then won him a gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1968.

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  • Most sports eponyms (words taken from a person's name) are more closely related to the actual sport, such as the Axel jump in skating (named after Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen) and the Fosbury flop (a high-jump technique popularized by Dick Fosbury).

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  • The best high jumper in the school was my friend Tina Bowman, who easily cleared the bar with her Fosbury Flop technique, with its characteristic backward-over-the-bar appearance.


  • Doing the Fosbury Flop onto sawdust six or seven feet down would be a method you might try once, maybe twice.

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  • In the couple of decades that I have been following Melanie's copy she has cleared every fence she encountered by a perfect Fosbury flop - with a foot to spare each time.

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