Dick Fosbury passes away at age 76

Dick Fosbury passes away at age 76

Dick Fosbury, the renowned athlete who revolutionized the high jump, passed away on Sunday, March 12th, 2023, at age 76.

His cause of death has been reported as the recurrence of his lymphoma, which he was first diagnosed with in March 2008.

At that time, the lymphoma was at stage one, and Dick underwent surgery to remove the tumor enveloping his lower spine.

However, due to the tumor’s close proximity to the spine and adjoining vessels, it could not be completely excised, and he had to undergo chemotherapy to shrink it.

Fortunately, in 2009, Fosbury declared that his cancer was in remission. However, the cancer recurred, and he passed away from the disease.

He is survived by his partner, son Erich, and two stepdaughters, Stephanie and Kristin.

Fosbury’s legacy extends far beyond his battle with cancer. He was the athlete who introduced the ‘Fosbury Flop’ to the high jump, a technique that defied convention and changed the sport forever.

At the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, Fosbury took off at an angle, leaped backward, bent himself into a “J” shape, and catapulted his 6-foot-4 frame over the bar, then crashed headfirst into the landing pit.

This unconventional technique won him a gold medal and set an Olympic record.

Fosbury’s ‘Fosbury Flop’ technique was initially met with scorn and ridicule, with the term itself being coined by the Medford Mail-Tribune to mock him.

However, Fosbury persevered and continued to improve, eventually becoming a legend in his sport.

Today, his technique is used beyond its literal meaning, serving as a study in innovation and the willingness to take chances and break the mold.

In conclusion, Dick Fosbury’s passing is a significant loss for the sports world and beyond.

He will always be remembered for his innovation and perseverance, and his legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.

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