George Horine

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George Horine
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Personal information
Full name George Leslie Horine
Born February 3, 1890
Escondido, California, U.S.
Died November 28, 1948 (1948-11-29) (aged 58)
Modesto, California, U.S.
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Sport High jump
Club Olympic Club, San Francisco
Stanford Cardinal, Stanford

George Leslie Horine (February 3, 1890 – November 28, 1948) was an American athlete who mainly competed in the high jump. He is credited with developing a technique called a forerunner to the western roll, a technique he developed due to the layout of his backyard where he practiced which was considered "backward" at the time. While on the track team at Stanford University, his technique was corrected to the more conventional jumping style of the time. He equalled the NCAA record in the event at 6' 4" as a sophomore. His junior year, 1912, he reverted to his old style, improving to 6' 4 3/4" and then a world record 6' 6 1/8". A few weeks later at the Olympic Trials, he improved again to jump 6' 7" making him the first man to break the 2 metres (6 ft 6.7 in) barrier. It was the first high jump world record ratified by the IAAF. He never improved upon his record, which stood for two years.[1]


Horine was born in Escondido, California and died in Modesto, California. Horine competed for the United States at the 1912 Summer Olympics held in Stockholm, Sweden where he won the bronze medal in men's high jump event. He also competed for USA in exhibition baseball tournament in Stockholm.[2]

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  1. ^ Gary Migdol (1997). Stanford: Home of Champions. Sagamore Publishing. p. 45. ISBN 1571671161. 
  2. ^ "George Horine". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.