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Dan Gable

Full name: Danny Mack "Dan" Gable
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: October 25, 1948 in Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Affiliations: Iowa State Cyclones, Ames (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Dan Gable is America’s best known wrestler and some experts think he is the greatest wrestler produced in the United States. In high school and college he never lost a match until his senior year when, in the final match of the 1970 NCAA Tournament, he was beaten by Larry Owings. Gable was already known as a workaholic and the most dedicated wrestler in a sport that requires dedication if one is to compete at the top levels, but the loss spurred him on to even greater efforts. He won the 1970 AAU Title (his second) and the 1971 Pan-American Games gold medal, as well as winning the 1971 World Championships. In a succession of international meets, he beat several Soviets and after Gable was named the outstanding wrestler at a meet in Tbilisi in 1972, the Soviet national coach vowed, “Before the Olympics, we will find someone who can beat Gable.” They never did. Gable severely injured his knee shortly before the 1972 Olympics, but wrestled at München despite it. He performed the amazing feat of winning his gold medal by a shutout – no opponent scored a point off him in six matches. In 21 matches at the U.S. Trials and the Olympics, he gave up one point – wrestling basically on one leg. After the Olympics, Gable competed sporadically but launched a coaching career. He retired in 1973 but came back briefly in 1975, but never competed again after that year. Gable wrestled collegiately at Iowa State, but spent his coaching career from 1976-1997 at the University of Iowa. He also became the greatest coach in U.S. college wrestling, winning 17 NCAA titles, and 21 Big Ten Championships. He was U.S. Olympic freestyle coach in 1980, 1984, and 2000.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 23 München Wrestling Men's Lightweight, Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Lightweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP
1972 Summer 23 München Wrestling United States USA Final Standings 1 1972-08-27
1972 Summer 23 München Wrestling United States USA Round Five 1 1972-08-30 1,5
1972 Summer 23 München Wrestling United States USA Round Five Match #3 1 1972-08-30 Gable (USA) fall (4:13), Cieślak (POL) 0,0
1972 Summer 23 München Wrestling United States USA Round Four 1T 1972-08-30 1,5
1972 Summer 23 München Wrestling United States USA Round Four Match #6 1 1972-08-30 Gable (USA) decision, Wada (JPN) 1,0
1972 Summer 23 München Wrestling United States USA Round Three 1 1972-08-29 0,5
1972 Summer 23 München Wrestling United States USA Round Three Match #6 1 1972-08-29 Gable (USA) fall (4:03), Ioannidis (GRE) 0,0
1972 Summer 23 München Wrestling United States USA Round Two 1 1972-08-28 0,5
1972 Summer 23 München Wrestling United States USA Round Two Match #10 1 1972-08-28 Gable (USA) decision, Rost (FRG) 0,5
1972 Summer 23 München Wrestling United States USA Round One 1T 1972-08-27 0,0
1972 Summer 23 München Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #9 1 1972-08-27 Gable (USA) fall (7:35), Sali (YUG) 0,0
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