Olympic High Jump

Olympic High Jump Dick Fosbury by Bob Peak

"Golden Moments" Dick Fosbury High Jump, by Bob Peak

This painting is an alternate for the U.S. Postal Service 1984 Olympic book “Golden Moments, A Collection of United States 1984 Commemorative Olympic Issues”. The book included a full set of the 1984 Olympic postage stamps that Bob Peak designed.

This original painting is available through the SANGUIN FINE ART GALLERY

Dick Fosbury invented the “backside” technique, which revolutionized the High Jump sport. This is known as the “Fosbury Flop”

Fosbury at the 1968 Summer Olympics

At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, he took the gold medal and set a new Olympic record at 2.24 meters (7 feet 4.25 inches), displaying the potential of the new technique. Despite the initial skeptical reactions from the high jumping community, the “Fosbury Flop” quickly gained acceptance. In the Finals competition, only three jumpers cleared 2.20 meters (7 feet 2.5 inches), and Fosbury was in the lead by virtue of having cleared every height on his first attempt. At the next height, 2.22 m (7 feet 3.25 inches), Fosbury again cleared the bar on his first jump. His teammate, Ed Caruthers, cleared on his second effort, while Valentin Gavrilov of the Soviet Union missed on all three attempts and earned the bronze medal (third place.) The bar was raised to 2.24 meters, which would be new Olympic and United States records. Fosbury missed on his first two attempts, but cleared on his third, while Caruthers missed on all three of his attempts.

Four years later, in Munich, 28 of the 40 competitors used Fosbury’s technique. By 1980, thirteen of the sixteen Olympic finalists used it. Of the 36 Olympic medalists in the event from 1972 through 2000, 34 used “the Flop”. Today it is the most popular high jumping technique in modern high jumping. (cited from Wikpedia.org)

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