Critics said he'd 'wipe out a generation of high-jumpers with broken necks' and parents complained that the Flop was ruining their furniture.
But the more serious resistance came from the US Olympic Committee, which banned the leap for six years.
Fosbury is among those we must thank for ignoring the saying 'If it ain't broke don't fix it'. Why wait for things to go wrong before we try to improve them? Blind acceptance of received wisdom is the kryptonite of innovation.