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.
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 Hoogasian is a dynamic and energetic coach with years of experience coaching, competing, and training.
Coach Sandy is a detailed technical coach with vast experience coaching world-class athletes.
Before returning to Bowdoin College to coach, Coach Hall was an assistant coach at California Institute of Technology and was the head coach at Maret Academy where he led students to 20 new school records.
Coach Belcher's unbridled enthusiasm and wealth of distance running knowledge have been inspiring campers at the Dick Fosbury Track Camp for years.
Prior to coaching at Bowdoin College, Coach L.J. was a volunteer assistant at U.R.I. and a graduate assistant at Smith College where she received an M.S. in Exercise and Sports Studies.
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.
A track camp alumnus and javelin afficionado, campers love Coach Verock's attention to detail and personable style.
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