Like gym class with medals, rope climbing was once a part of the Olympics. It was included as an event within gymnastic sports.
The goal was to reach the top as fast as possible, but also to do so in "good style."
The competitors began in a seated position and would climb using only their hands and arms. Competitors were judged on time and style, as well as speed.
The standard rope length was 25 feet (8 meters), however, in the 1896 Olympic Games the rope was 46 feet (14 meters) long. It was so long, in fact, that most competitors never reached the top.
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