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When U.S. athlete Dick Fosbury sailed over the high jump bar at 7 feet, 4¼ inches during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, he set a record with the "Fosbury Flop."
Twisting his body, he arched his back to sail over the bar with his feet above his head. The odd technique was a revolution from previous methods—the scissors kick, the California western roll, the straddle—and garnered Fosbury a gold medal and a place in history. It soon came to be the dominant method of high jumping.