Medford sports legend, Dick Fosbury, has passed away. USA Track and Field made the announcement earlier today.
He was the inventor of the “Fosbury Flop”, high jump gold medalist at the 1968 Olympic Games, and remained an advocate for athletes throughout his entire life. Fosbury’s legacy will live on through generations to come.
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Dick Fosbury, a true legend and pioneer in the world of track and field. Dick’s innovative technique of the ‘Fosbury Flop’ revolutionized the high jump event and forever changed the sport. His gold medal victory at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics not only cemented his place in U.S. Olympic history, but also left an indelible mark on the global athletic community. We will always be grateful for his contributions to the sport and his impact on generations of athletes who followed in his footsteps. Dick will be deeply missed but his legacy will live on as an inspiration to all.” – Max Siegel, USA Track & Field CEO
“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dick Fosbury, a true icon in the world of track and field. As a retired athlete and Olympian myself, I had the privilege of seeing first-hand how Dick tirelessly advocated for the well-being of athletes, particularly retired athletes, around the world in his post-competition career. He played a vital role in the creation and growth of the World Olympians Association, where he empowered generations of athletes and helped to build a more connected and supportive global athletic community. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will continue to inspire us all. On behalf of the entire USATF community, I extend our deepest condolences to Dick’s family and friends.” – Michael Conley, USATF Board Chair and High Performance Division Chair.
Fosbury graduated from Medford High School in 1965, and is also in the Medford Sports Hall of Fame. He has been immortalized around the world and close to home. The Ram Brewery in Northgate has a wall dedicated to the sports icon as well. He has also been inducted to the US Track & Field Hall of Fame, OSU Sports Hall of Fame, Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, and US Olympic Hall of Fame. Dick Fosbury was 76 years of age at his passing.
Source: US Track and Field