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BOISE -- Dick Fosbury, the Olympic champ whose name defines the modern high jump, has now launched an Idaho House of Representatives run.

After a post-Olympic engineering career, Fosbury wants to boost Idaho's economy out of the doldrums.

But as he faces a Republican incumbent in conservative Idaho, Fosbury acknowledges headline writers might already be readying their keyboards.

Fosbury Flops.

Chuckling during a phone interview from his central Idaho home, the Fosbury Flop's originator who leapt backward over the bar to win 1968 Olympic gold understands the risk he runs with puns.

I can handle it, Fosbury says.

His prospective Republican foe, Fairfield Rep. Steve Miller, recalled doing the high jump, too, back before he graduated from high school -- the same year Fosbury won in Mexico City.

Miller used the scissor-kick.

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