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Although my name normally means total failure
I was anything but
Flying high, I was initially a joke
But now I'm the standard for gold.

What am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ Does this qualify for the [trivia] tag? $\endgroup$
    – axavio
    Aug 11, 2016 at 19:00
  • $\begingroup$ Definitely [current-events]. $\endgroup$
    – Mark Hurd
    Aug 14, 2016 at 1:42

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My guess is

"The Flop" (referring to the Fosbury Flop)

Although my name normally means total failure

A flop is usually synonymous with a failure

I was anything but

This technique was actually very successful and Dick Fosbury used it to win in the 1968 Olympics.

Flying high, I was initially a joke

It took a while for the technique to be adopted by experienced high jumpers. Many initially saw it as a joke.

But now I'm the standard for gold.

Now every Olympic athlete uses this technique to try and win the gold medal.

Title

Possibly linking the slang words 'dick' and 'jerk'. Not sure about this one.

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Although my name normally means total failure

Icarus is a myth of a man who failed in flying

I was anything but

Icarus is not a failure, he actually achieved some great things

Flying high, I was initially a joke

Icarus tried to fly to the Sun as a challenge

But now I'm the standard for gold.

Icarus Gold you can buy online


or:

JavaScript Garbage Collectors (fuzzy on the name = failure part)

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    $\begingroup$ Not the right answer. Sorry $\endgroup$
    – Kevin
    Aug 11, 2016 at 16:39

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