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"Nineteen eighty-six: a fun-sized Superman with close shaven hair, dimples and an adorable potato-chip of a name floats in his short shorts towards a basket."


"Charles Austin is no ordinary jumper: As a 29 year-old, he won the gold medal in the high jump at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He cleared 7’10”. Put another way, he lifted his entire body over your front door. That mark remains the Olympic record."


"Griner smoothly caught the ball; sprung up, released. That was it. She had a long Modigliani face and dreds dropping down her back. She was ever so slightly pigeon-toed and small-stepped, the way many athletes are. I'm slightly splay-footed with big, clunky steps: If I ever dunk, I thought to myself, it will be the most strenuous thing I have ever done."


"In March 2011, the 5’11” Tucker put video of himself dunking over friends on YouTube. His jump was measured at an eye-popping 50 inches. The video went on to capture five million hits and the NCAA invited Tucker to compete in its Final Four weekend slam-dunk contest."


"Fosbury, it would turn out, was not merely a daring teenager with a quirky innovation: As he grew into his body, he grew into his technique. In 1968, a scant five years after nearly quitting high-jump altogether before backing into the flop, he earned a spot on the U.S. team at the Mexico City Olympics."


"High school jumpers in rural Kenya, lacking any cushioning surface save the ground itself, favor the Eastern cut-off, a contortion of limbs and twists that last garnered a world record in 1895. But in fascinating YouTube videos, the jumpers land on their feet, keeping them happily safe."