US High jumper Dick Fosbury debuting his "Fosbury Flop" at the 1968 Summer Olympics (AP Photos)
Part Two of The Current
The Mechanics of the Game Changer - Doc Repeat
Tomorrow is the final of the Men's high jump at the Olympics in London. Every now and then, athletes don't just win medals ... they do something transformational.
Dick Fosbury did something like that with high jumping back in the sixties, and Fosbury Floppers have dominated the event ever since.
Nicole Rycroft was also an elite athlete in Australia. But her act of transformation took place in the west coast rainforest -- and the world of publishing has followed her lead. They were game changers.
All last season The Current took an in-depth look at people like them. Anna Maria Tremonti kicked off the project with a documentary that starts with a lesson in human kinetics. It was first broadcast in September.
Hal Gregorson's book is called The Innovator's DNA.
If you want to hear more of our stories about people, movements, ideas and inventions that changed everything, tune into Game Changer this summer on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 and Friday mornings at 9:30 ... a half hour later in Newfoundland.
Last Word - Ethics of Losing to Win Mail
From game changers to gamesmanship now ... the disqualification of eight badminton players from the Olympics for trying to lose matches last week ... opened a lot of questions about ethics in sport.
Friday on The Current, John Leicester - a sports columist for the Associated Press - talked about whether those players crossed the line into cheating.
That inspired Bob Hamer of Calgary to write:
The people who were cheated by those teams were those who paid pounds, if not hundredweights, to watch badminton at an Olympic level. Were anyone to pardon the offenders, their national Olympic Committee should be required to recompense those people -- not just the ticket price but the costs of attending.
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