Dan Gable

Stories From The Legend Dan Gable

Dan Gable: Wrestler, Coach, Legend

Dan Gable is one of the greatest athletes and coaches of all time. Coach John Wooden said himself, “Dan Gable is the greatest coach ever.”

Gable is best known for his tenure as head coach at the University of Iowa where he won 15 NCAA team titles between 1976 and 1997. He is also famous for having only lost one match in his entire Iowa State University collegiate career- his last. He holds the gold medal won at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. In that memorable match, he amazingly never gave up a single point. The Soviet wrestling team had promised to “scour the eastern bloc to find a wrestler who could take down Dan Gable.” They were unsuccessful.

In 1999, Sports Illustrated selected him as the greatest sports figure in the history of the State of Iowa.

Gable has two books which are New York Times Bestsellers, “A Wrestling Life” and “A Wrestling Life 2.” Both books are full of inspiring stories from Gable’s life as an athlete and coach. You can order these books anywhere there’s a bookstore. Or online at Amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com

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