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.
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.