Don Perry

Class of 1989
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No one will ever climb a 20-foot rope faster than Don Perry’s world record 2.8 seconds in competition. This feat, in an event that is no longer a part of gymnastics competition, was a hallmark on a remarkable career in which Perry dominated the rope climb. A four-time National AAU Champion, two-time NCAA Champion and a world record-setting performance at the 1955 Pan American Games that followed a three-day battle with flu-like symptoms helped make Perry one of the greatest of all time in his event. By his career’s end, Perry had an unofficial 95-0 record.

Perry, Don | The Legacy of USA Gymnastics

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No one will ever climb a 20-foot rope faster than Don Perry’s world record 2.8 seconds in competition. This feat, in an event that is no longer a part of gymnastics competition, was a hallmark on a remarkable career in which Perry dominated the rope climb. A four-time National AAU Champion, two-time NCAA Champion and a world record-setting performance at the 1955 Pan American Games that followed a three-day battle with flu-like symptoms helped make Perry one of the greatest of all time in his event. By his career’s end, Perry had an unofficial 95-0 record.