Pocatello, Idaho – Before Simplot Games Chairman Dick Fosbury changed the world with his innovative high jump technique “The Fosbury Flop,” he was perfecting it at high school track and field events in Medford, Oregon. On July 2, Fosbury was honored at the National High School Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Chicago.
Fosbury was one of twelve inductees who was inducted at the 36th annual ceremony. Other named inductees included Nicole Powell, a basketball player from Phoenix, Arizona, who later played at Stanford and in the WNBA, and Tom Osbourne, a four-sport high school athlete from Hastings, Nebraska, who later became a University of Nebraska football coach.
The “Fosbury Flop,” a backward leap over the high jump bar is used by thousands of athletes worldwide today. Fosbury won an Olympic gold medal at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City using this technique.
In February, Simplot Games dedicated the Fosbury Pit at Holt Arena in conjunction with Idaho State University to celebrate the time and dedication Fosbury has put into Simplot Games and the thousands of athletes who have passed through Holt Arena.
“It’s people like Fosbury who have made track and field the sport that it is today: filled with innovation, passion, and the desire to reach beyond our limits,” said Simplot Games Executive Director Lisa Woodland. “We are thrilled to have Fosbury on our Simplot Games team and are excited to celebrate his induction into the National High School Hall of Fame.”
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