This is the official statement from USA Track & Field on one of the most iconic athletes from the 1968 Olympics, an Olympic gold medalist, and the man who changed the high jump.
USATF is saddened to hear of the loss of a true legend and innovator in the sport, Dick Fosbury. Please see the below statements from Max Siegel, USATF CEO, and Michael Conley, USATF Board Chair and High-Performance Division Chair.
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Dick Fosbury, a true legend and pioneer in the track and field world. Dick’s innovative technique of the ‘Fosbury Flop’ revolutionized the high jump event and forever changed the sport. His gold medal victory at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics not only cemented his place in U.S. Olympic history but also left an indelible mark on the global athletic community. We will always be grateful for his contributions to the sport and his impact on generations of athletes who followed in his footsteps. Dick will be deeply missed, but his legacy will live on as an inspiration to all.” – Max Siegel, CEO of USA Track & Field.
“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dick Fosbury, a true icon in the world of track and field. As a retired athlete and Olympian myself, I had the privilege of seeing first-hand how Dick tirelessly advocated for the well-being of athletes, particularly retired athletes, around the world in his post-competition career. He played a vital role in the creation and growth of the World Olympians Association, where he empowered generations of athletes and helped to build a more connected and supportive global athletic community. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will continue to inspire us all. On behalf of the entire USATF community, I extend our deepest condolences to Dick’s family and friends.” – Michael Conley, USATF Board Chair and High-Performance Division Chair.
More is forthcoming in an obituary to be posted to usatf.org.