The Wizard of Foz: Dick Fosbury's One-Man High-Jump Revolution

The Wizard of Foz: Dick Fosbury's One-Man High-Jump Revolution

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ISBN-13: 9781510736191
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 89,975
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Bob Welch is an author, speaker, and award-winning columnist, who has served as an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Oregon in Eugene. He has written more than twenty books and thousands of columns for the Register-Guard, Oregon’s second-largest newspaper. Welch lives in Eugene, Oregon.


Dick Fosbury is known worldwide as the inventor of the Fosbury Flop high-jump style, with which he won the Olympic medal in 1968. After competing, he followed the passion of his youth—civil engineering—at Oregon State University and supplemented that with an array of the numerous opportunities that came his way, many because of his “Fosbury Flop” fame. The USA Olympic Hall of Famer travels the world, inspiring young athletes and corporate partners alike while promoting track and field. Fosbury resides in Bellevue, Idaho.


Ashton Eaton is the 2012 and 2016 decathlon Olympic gold medalist and current world record holder.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ashton Eaton XI

Prologue XIII

Part I Blueprints 1

Part II Test Flights 37

Part III Liftoff 87

Part IV Space 155

Part V Re-Entry 195

Epilogue 225

Appendixes 233

Author's Note 235

Bibliography 239

Acknowledgments 243

Index 246

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SEH59 8 months ago
Sports book not completely, book on Sports person yes, it tells his story but it is so much more. The depth of the book deals with death, desire,times,not conforming, in essence life. You may recall Frosbury, the reason the book got your attention, your high jumping using the Frosbury Flop, many reasons. If you wonder how new ideas got started this is the book. There is substance, it awakens you to your life, there is just so much in this book that is to learn you will want others to read. Bob Welch brings out the story that was never told. Bob explains why it happened, he got Dick to tell all and in the end Dick had the answer he was looking for. It will be the book that sticks with you long after you have finished it.
SEH59 8 months ago
Sports book not completely, book on Sports person yes, it tells his story but it is so much more. The depth of the book deals with death, desire,times,not conforming, in essence life. You may recall Frosbury, the reason the book got your attention, your high jumping using the Frosbury Flop, many reasons. If you wonder how new ideas got started this is the book. There is substance, it awakens you to your life, there is just so much in this book that is to learn you will want others to read. Bob Welch brings out the story that was never told. Bob explains why it happened, he got Dick to tell all and in the end Dick had the answer he was looking for. It will be the book that sticks with you long after you have finished it.