SAN FRANCISCO — Olympic gold-medal high jumper and former Oregon State athlete Dick Fosbury will be inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor next week.
During his time at Oregon State, Fosbury, an OSU civil engineering graduate, revolutionized the intercollegiate sport of high jumping with the “Fosbury Flop.” The signature move replaced the traditional approach with his midair rotation consisting of a curved running approach, landing on his lower neck and shoulders, which led to another innovation, the introduction of padded landing mats to replace the traditional sand landing pit.
The former All-American and NCAA champion earned a gold medal for the U.S. during the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. Fosbury is a member of several halls of fame, including the Oregon State University Athletics Hall of Fame, the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, the U.S. Track & Field Hall of Fame and the World Humanitarian Hall of Fame.
The Pac-12 Conference announced the 2019 class to be inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor on Wednesday. Formal induction will take place on March 15 during a ceremony prior to the semifinals of the Pac-12 men's basketball tournament. Following induction, the class will be honored during a special halftime ceremony of the day’s first semifinal game.
The 2019 Hall of Honor class will be the 18th since its creation in 2002. Fosbury is joined by Meg Ritchie-Stone (Arizona), Frank Kush (Arizona State), Natalie Coughlin (California), Lisa Van Goor (Colorado), Bev Smith (Oregon), Dick Gould (Stanford), Ann Meyers Drysdale (UCLA), Ronnie Lott (USC), Steve Smith Sr. (Utah), Patricia “Trish”Bostrom (Washington) and John Olerud (Washington State).
Following a 40-year engineering career, Fosbury has been involved in numerous charitable organizations as well as in leadership roles with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Association, the Idaho Chapter of Olympians, the World Olympians Association (past president) and Idaho’s Simplot Games.
Honored nearly 50 years to the date of his famous Mexico City Fosbury Flop, Oregon State unveiled a bronze sculpture on the site of the school’s former track and field stadium.