We take a pictorial look at what some well-known Olympians from the past are now doing in their careers. This month, we focus on high jump innovator Dick Fosbury

 Few athletes have had a greater impact on their sport – or a more varied career – than US high jumper Dick Fosbury

 As a teenager, Fosbury developed a revolutionary jumping technique that saw him leap headfirst over the bar backwards

 After starring in college meets for Oregon State University, he qualified for the 1968 US Olympic team

 The innovative ‘Fosbury Flop’ stunned fans at the Olympic Games Mexico City 1968, as Dick won gold in a new Olympic record of 2.24m

 After graduating from Oregon State in 1972 with a BS in civil engineering, Fosbury moved to Blaine County, Idaho, in 1977 and co-founded an engineering company

 During his engineering career, Fosbury served as city engineer for the cities of Ketchum and Sun Valley in Idaho and oversaw the design and construction of the Wood River Trails and Sun Valley Trails for the Blaine County Recreation District

 In 2014, Fosbury also ran as a democrat for a seat in the Idaho House of Representatives but lost to incumbent republican representative Steve Miller

 Fosbury was recently elected President of the United States Olympians and Paralympians Association and is a past President of the World Olympians Association

 Now retired, Fosbury enjoys working on his family’s 20-acre farm just south of Bellevue, Idaho, and continues to coach kids at high jump clinics and camps across the US, as well as speaking to groups and corporations about innovation



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