Dick Fosbury revolutionized the high jump event when he became the Olympic Gold Medal winner in 1968 in Mexico City . Fosbury will be working in groups and individually with high jumpers at the camp for two sessions each day.
Fosbury was the only competitor to clear 7' 4 1/4" in the 1968 Olympics. He used a revolutionary technique he developed while jumping in high school. The "Fosbury Flop" evolved through trial and error while Fosbury was training in high school and later at Oregon State University . In addition to his Olympic Gold Medal, Fosbury was a two-time NCAA champion, and set NCAA, American, and Olympic records during his career. He was elected to the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1992.
In 1968 Fosbury was the only Olympic high jumper using his innovative style. By 1972, thirteen of the sixteen finalist in the Munich Olympics were using the Fosbury Flop. By 1976 all the top jumpers in the world were floppers, and the flop had completely replaced the Western roll technique in which jumpers tried to straddle with their stomachs over the bar.
Dick Fosbury has been working with Maine high school athletes and coaches for the past nineteen summers. Several state and New England champions have worked with him at track camps including New England and National Indoor high school champion Craig Mielcarz of Salem, Massachusetts.
Dick Fosbury was elected president of the World Olympians Association in 2007.
Dick is unable to attend in 2021, though he will join us for zoom sessions.
Peter Slovenski has coached Track & Field at Bowdoin since 1987. Bowdoin teams regularly finish among the top 5 teams in New England Division III championships, and in nine seasons placed among the top 20 teams in NCAA Division III.
Slovenski was the New England Division III Coach of the Year for Men's Cross-country in 1991 and for Indoor Track in 2000. He was voted Coach of the Year for New England III Women's cross-country in 1991 and 1992. He has also won NESCAC Coach of the Year for men's cross-country in 2000, 2001, and 2002.
Slovenski is a 1979 graduate of Dartmouth College, and a 1980 graduate of Stanford University's School of Education. At Dartmouth he was a 4-year letterwinner in winter and spring track. He set freshman records in the decathlon and pole vault in 1976. He made the All-Ivy League track team as a pole vaulter in 1977 and 1978.
Slovenski has twice served as NCAA Championship Meet Director when Bowdoin hosted the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships in 1989 and 1993.
Slovenski also directs camps that specialize in S.A.T. prep, cross-country, and pole vault at a lakeside facility in Maine.
Coach Tory is the head coach at RPI in Troy, NY. He leads a great team with lots of spirit and unity. His program has a strong emphasis on sportsmanship and teamwork. He leads excellent 'big warm up' each day to strengthen many support muscles and prevent injuries
Coach Belcher's unbridled enthusiasm and wealth of track knowledge have been inspiring campers at the Dick Fosbury Track Camp for years.
Coach Mendros brings years of coaching experience in addition to his good humor and passion for the sport that make him a perennial favorite at camp.
Dave was the 2008 Nike HS national outdoor champion in the pole vault, as well as the Maine and New England record setter with a personal best of 16'9" in high school. He went on to vault for Princeton where he won 3 ivy league titles and set the indoor ivy league record at 17'7". He was elected team captain his senior year. He coached track for RPI, Choate Rosemary Hall, and Franklin Road Academy before transitioning to work for Slovenski Camps full time in 2016.
Steve was a Maine state record setter & state champion in the pole vault. He went on to compete in the decathlon and heptathlon for Princeton. He has been a high school coach at Mercersburg Academy, Cheshire Academy, and University School Nashville. He has a masters degree from Vanderbilt University.
Coach Towle was the head coach of women's track & field at University of Southern Maine for 22 years. He has experience coaching all the events.
Paul was the captain of the Bates track team and school record setter in the pole vault at 15-6. He competed in the decathlon & heptathlon as well. Paul coached at several colleges throughout New England before becoming the athletic director at Bayview Glenn school in Toronto.
Mike Slovenski was the Maine & New England HS pole vault champion, with a HS best of 15-6. He went on to jump for Harvard University. He has a masters degree from the University of Texas.
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