Last modified on 31 December 2018, at 01:25

Fosbury Flop

The Fosbury flop is a technique popular among athletes who compete in the high jump; it is in fact the most preferred method, whereby a jumper (upon approaching the bar) makes a 180-degree turn, then jumps and falls (or flops) backwards over the bar. The natural arch of the body, in doing so, allows the body to clear the bar without touching it.

The inventor, Dick Fosbury, used the technique to win an Olympic gold medal in 1968. It is an example of a conservative innovation that liberals have tried to claim as their own after initially rejecting it because it defied their hidebound, regulated way of thinking.