Colorado Springs—-Bob Beamon, the world’s greatest long jumper and Olympic Hall of Fame member, will headline an all-star cast for the Colorado Springs Sports Corp’s Salute to the U.S. Olympic Family Luncheon on March 20 at The DoubleTree by Hilton. On a magical day at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, Beamon proved that humans could fly when he broke Jesse Owens’ world long jump record on Track & Field’s grandest stage.
Beamon soared six feet into the air to make an epic long jump of 29 ft.-2 1/2 inches on his first attempt to win the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Mexico City. Beamon added an incredible 22.8 inches to the existing world record. It was twelve years before anyone else reached 28 feet and the record stood until 1991 when Mike Powell of the U.S. spanned 29.3 feet in Tokyo to win the world title.
Beamon’s phenomenal leap at the Games inspired a new word. “Beamonesque” means an athletic feat so superior to what has come before, it is overwhelming. "Compared to this jump, we are as children," Soviet jumper Igor Ter-Ovanesyan said at the time.
Hundreds of long jumpers over the course of nearly five decades have attempted to break Bob Beamon’s Olympic record in the event, and all have failed. The mark still stands 50 years after it was set in Mexico City. Like the sensational upset of the Soviet Union by the 1980 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team at Lake Placid, Beamon’s spellbinding effort remains among the greatest performances by American athletes in Olympic history. He’ll be the featured speaker at the March 20 luncheon, sponsored for the Sports Corp by UCHealth, El Pomar, Coca Cola, The DoubleTree by Hilton, the City of Colorado Springs, Sports Travel Road Trip and the U.S. Olympic Committee.
"Forty One years ago, Colorado Springs opened its arms to welcome the United States Olympic Committee when it sought a new home after decades in New York City,” said Sports Corp President & CEO Tom Osborne. “Now, Olympic City USA is the home of the USOC, U.S. Paralympics and 24 National Governing Bodies. Our luncheon will salute the Olympic Family and our spectacular city and what it has brought to Colorado and the nation.”
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