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  • #16
    Charles Dumas

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    • #17
      So what did Mildred McDaniel use? I don't know. And what about Miroslava Rezkova in 1968? If she was a straddler, then she and Ackermann would be the only female straddlers to win gold (in the individual high jump event - to stop the pentathlon/heptathlon thing)

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      • #18
        Found a picture of McDaniel's winning jump in 1956 in the USOC Report - here it is - not sure if this is a straddle or a Western Roll

        McDanielHJ.jpg

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        • #19
          For what it is worth, I do recall that in 1984 in Los Angeles, there were still a few straddlers in the decathlon.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Halfmiler2 View Post
            For what it is worth, I do recall that in 1984 in Los Angeles, there were still a few straddlers in the decathlon.
            I recall that in the men's HJ itself in LA, the no 2 Chinese jumper (behind then WR holder Zhu Jianhua) was a straddler.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post
              Found a picture of McDaniel's winning jump in 1956 in the USOC Report - here it is - not sure if this is a straddle or a Western Roll

              McDanielHJ.jpg
              It's a straddle. Rezkova was also a straddler as you suggest.
              Dukehjsteve is of course correct about Dumas.
              Thinking back on these things I find it strange that only 4 men won gold with that technique. Best straddle technique: Yaschenko and Brumel. Finest straddle technique I ever saw was Ackermann's.

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              • #22
                I'm "from the Old School". and proud of it. The Straddle was a Thing of Beauty. Thanks Fosbury & Co., you ruined the High Jump. The only thing uglier than The Flop is the Fibreglass Pole.

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                • #23
                  Being a mere 52, the flop has largely been the norm during my time watching the sport. Notable exceptions being Ackerman, Bielschmidt and Schenk (oddly I never saw Yashchenko (RIP) compete during his brief career). For me, the one weakness for a spectator of the straddle is that all failures look the same to me at normal speed while a narrow failure with the flop can be clearly seen as such.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by dukehjsteve View Post
                    I'm "from the Old School". and proud of it. The Straddle was a Thing of Beauty. Thanks Fosbury & Co., you ruined the High Jump. The only thing uglier than The Flop is the Fibreglass Pole.
                    Do you feel the same way about cars replacing horse-drawn carriages? 🙂

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by dukehjsteve View Post
                      I'm "from the Old School". and proud of it. The Straddle was a Thing of Beauty. Thanks Fosbury & Co., you ruined the High Jump. The only thing uglier than The Flop is the Fibreglass Pole.
                      agree 100% on the HJ; disagree 100% on the vault

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                      • #26
                        I prefer, by far, the flop. Watching the straddle is like watching a 1950's basketball player shoot set shot...or worse....dunk.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by NotDutra5 View Post
                          I prefer, by far, the flop. Watching the straddle is like watching a 1950's basketball player shoot set shot...or worse....dunk.
                          I liked the old-fashioned below-the-rim basketball as is still played by HSs and women .

                          Oh, yes, I still remember Iolanda Balas kicking ass by scissoring.

                          "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
                          by Thomas Henry Huxley

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                          • #28
                            You should have seen my father shoot two hand set shots !

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                            • #29
                              The straddle always gave me shudders at its inelegance and crotch-threatening positioning. I did it my junior year in HS, but was not very interested in practicing or competing.
                              When I saw Fosbury do his thing in the 68 OG (beginning of my Sr year), I immediately took to it, teaching myself in my school's indoor pit (big chunks of foam in a net), and LOVED the feeling.
                              I went undefeated outdoors, up to the NE championships. You can see why I'm a fan!

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                              • #30
                                I think I agree with gh on this.

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