Excuse me while I get a bit giddy. Dick Fosbury, yes, THAT Dick Fosbury just "liked" this photo I posted on Instagram. This is like Bill Gates liking a computer geek's post. It's like Beyonce liking your YouTube performance. Back in 1974, when I was in 9th grade and my track coach suggested I try high jump, she said, "You can do Western Roll, or the Fosbury Flop." I didn't know either, but as a former gymnast, I thought flipping over backwards would be fun. The dye was cast and a flopper I am. It was a fairly new style then, since Fosbury had just begun flopping in 1968. But it worked for me. After a 35-year break from high jumping, to be back is SO fun. To be noticed by Dick Fosbury -- epic!
Julia Curran-Villarreal is a three-time USA W55 national masters high jump champion. After a 35-year break from her favorite high school sport of track & field, Julia returned to competition in 2013 at the age of 53. Follow her journey on @juliajumping on Instagram and @juliacurran on Twitter.