When Thinking Bigger Is A Flop

Dick Fosbury invented a high jump technique that dumbfounded the sporting world. Apparently he had skinny legs, limited speed, and he never really got the hang of the traditional straddle/scissors-kick jumping style. In fact, during his early high school years most thought he would never become a world-class jumper, But Dick Fosbury was a bigger thinker.

He began experimenting with a new jumping style when he was sixteen. His best jump improving from 5 feet, 3¾ inches to 6 feet, 6¾ inches in the next two years. When a reporter in Medford, Oregon saw him jump, he dubbed Fosbury's new style: The Fosbury Flop. It wasn’t.


In 1968. as a student at Oregon State University, he became the first to jump more than 7 feet indoors. He also won the NCAA outdoor championship the same year. Although he didn't win the AAU national championship, he did finish first in the Olympic trials. Then, at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, he jumped 7 feet, 4¼ inches to set the Olympic and American records. The message? Be different. Think bigger. It's what can make your credit union different and better.