European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Apr 4 1968, Page 11

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - April 4, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseStripes daily Magazine t2 i i Oregon slate s Dick Fosbury does his famous Flop Over the bar. By Howard Applegate up staff writer conventional High jumpers the world Over Are watching with inter est the antics of a lanky Oregon stat Junior who goes Over the oar backwards. And Dick Fosbury a 6-4 engineering student from Medford ore., does it Well. So Well in fact that he s aiming forthe olympics. His method is now to major High jump ing and for want of a better name has teen dubbed the Fosbury just sort of evolved into jumping this says his coach Berny wag Ner who once tried to get Fosbury to change but gave up because he did much better with his unorthodox says others Here Are trying it now but we Don t know if it will cat Hon Fosbury takes a looping approach Hoo the Bur and when he reaches the Wycoff Point on the upward leap he at sin a i Stilt twists his body and Arches Over the bar face up Landing on his shoulders. Fosbury says his unique style is not so difficult actually it is a very easy thing to teach a last year Fosbury reached a height of 6-10. This season he has gone Over 1 fee five times including a leap of 7 feet inches at Louisville. The world record of 1 feet 5?i inches is held by Valery Brumel of Russia. Wagner said Dick started jumping in Junior High school and was using the scissors form which kids normally Dowhen they Start jumping putting the inside leg up first and sitting up Over the using his unorthodox style he tied Mcaa indoor Mark of seven feet. A. Reached 5-4 in the ninth his Sophomore year in High school Wagner said Fosbury started jumping up and laying out so he was not raising the Center of Gravity quite so then Wagner said he gradually started turning his Back taking off with the weight on the outside foot. He pro grossed to 5-10 that year As a Junior got up to 8 feet 4 inches and As a senior reached 8-7. Wagner said a soft pit is needed for Fosbury to land in. During his High school career he got crushed vertebrae in his Back Landing in hard pits and hashed some Back trouble since he said. We have to be very careful about the pit into which he Wagner said he first met Fosbury at an All Comers meet near Portland. Dick and i agreed we would work one year to try to change him to an orthodox style he said. I could figure out then and am not sure now Why he can convert so much of his Speed into upward momentum Wagner said that practising the Ortho Dox style As a freshman Fosbury reached Only 5-11. He got up to 6 feet 74 inches going backwards. As a matter of fact in the Middle of the competitive season i said Dick let s forget it changing to orthodox Buthe said he had promised to work for a year so to kept it did t work out so Fosbury opened his Sophomore year at 6-10 using the backward style. Wagner said some others at Oregon state were trying it since we started working on this thing we find the boy using it is very consistent he said. Kids who worked for years on a High jump style can turn around and in several Days go As highs their own the physics of it is Good Wagner said. Dick exposes less of himself tothe bar than any other High Fosbury who Calls himself a nervous jumper takes a lot of Lime up to 4l, to get ready for one jump lie is working on weights preparing himself for the olympics in Mexico City. Thursday april 4, 1968 the stars and stripes b Page u

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