Dick Fosbury attended OSU from 1965-1969 and is remembered today as the inventor of the "Fosbury Flop" high jump technique. He won two national championships and an Olympic gold medal while revolutionizing the sport with his innovative approach to jumping higher.
Moore coached the gymnastics team from 1967 to 1975. She came to OSU as a faculty member in physical education in 1966. She served as director of women’s athletics from 1975-1977 and 1980-1982. After the men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletics programs merged, Moore served as deputy athletic director from 1983 to 1985. When Dee Andros stepped down as athletic director in 1985, Moore was named interim director of intercollegiate athletics – the first woman to have held that post at OSU.
Payton, who played at OSU from 1986 to 1990 and started every game of his OSU career, is likely the greatest basketball player in OSU history. Among his honors were consensus All-American First Team (1990), Pac-10 Player of the Year (1990), Sports Illustrated Player of the Year (1990), Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (1987), Olympic gold medals for the United States team in the 1996 and 2000 games, and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2013). He is the all-time leading scorer at OSU (2,172 points) and the Pac-12’s all-time leader in assists (938) and steals (321). Professionally, he played most of his career with the Seattle Supersonics.
The natatorium, completed just before this photograph was taken, was the second phase of the recreation center. Phase one opened in 1976, and phase three was completed in 2004. The natatorium was named for George Stevens, Memorial Union director from 1963 to 1990 and a strong proponent of recreational sports at OSU.