Don Tonry

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDonald Robert "Don"•Tonry
Used nameDon•Tonry
Born24 November 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, New York (USA)
Died17 May 2013 in New Haven, Connecticut (USA)
Measurements170 cm / 63 kg
AffiliationsUS Army, (USA)
NOC United States


Don Tonry attended the University of Illinois where he was NCAA Champion in all-around and floor exercise in 1956. He won seven AAU titles, winning the all-around, parallel bars, and floor in 1956 and 1962 and the vault in 1958. Tonry competed at the World Championships in 1958, 1962, and 1966, and at the Pan American Games in 1959 and 1963, winning four individual bronze medals and a team gold in 1959. In 1963 he again won team gold, won gold on the parallel bars, and added a silver and two bronze medals. After coaching briefly at West Point, Tonry became coach at Yale University in 1962 and stayed there as coach for 43 years, serving as Associate Director of Physical Education from 1972-78 and Director of Physical Education and Sport Camps from 1998-2005. His wife, Barbara Galleher-Tonry, was initially one of his students but became the women’s gymnastic coach at Yale for over 40 years. Don Tonry was inducted as a member of the US Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1980.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) USA Don Tonry
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 27
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) United States 5
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) =26 r1/2
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =20 r1/2
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) =37 r1/2
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) =33 r1/2
Rings, Men (Olympic) =59 r1/2
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) =26 r1/2

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