Richard Douglas "Dick" Fosbury was born March 6, 1947.
Fosbury is best known for the "Fosbury Flop," a high jump technique that involves jumping backward over the bar. His invention was met with skepticism at first, but after Fosbury won the gold medal and set the Olympic record with a 2.24-meter jump in 1968, the technique gained more traction.
Now, the "Fosbury Flop" is the most widely used high jump technique.
Fosbury continues to be involved in sports and recently ran for the Idaho House of Representatives.