Why Dick Fosbury Flopped and Answers to Other Big Sporting Questions

Why Dick Fosbury Flopped and Answers to Other Big Sporting Questions

Why Dick Fosbury Flopped and Answers to Other Big Sporting Questions

Why Dick Fosbury Flopped and Answers to Other Big Sporting Questions

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The history of sporting endeavours can be traced back almost to our very origins. Throughout evolution, humans have become stronger and faster, and our posture has really picked up. Sport, too, has undergone its own evolution. Once upon a time, people packed a cut lunch when travelling a mile by foot, but it wasn’t long before that distance was being covered in under four minutes. Once confined to the sporting arena, the baseballs, Frisbees, javelins and the like of today must almost carry a passport due to the immense distances that they can now travel. It took an Australian with a brain the size of a small planet to end sport’s longest-ever winning streak and displace the America’s Cup from Yankee soil. And by turning the world upside down, humans suddenly reached all-new heights – and that’s why Dick Fosbury flopped.

Why Dick Fosbury Flopped steps back in time to chart the evolution of the sporting techniques and technologies that lie behind the jawdropping feats that amaze us as sports fans. Often the athletes themselves are amazed at what they achieve. Some of sports most famous innovations evolved by chance, others by experimentation at training, and others by planned scientific research. Who would have guessed at the impact that a few scrapes and scratches (soon to evolve into dimples) would have on the flight of a golf ball . . .

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