Dan Gable

Dan Gable

Dan Gable's career accomplishments are etched in wrestling lore, from his 1972 unscored-on Olympic gold-medal performance on the mat to his record-setting 15 NCAA titles as wrestling coach (a mark unequaled in wrestling history). He became one of the few dominant athletes in a sport who was equally dominant as a coach, producing 152 All-Americans and 45 NCAA champions at the University of Iowa. He also coached the 1980, 1984, and 2000 U.S. Olympic wrestling squads. In 1996, Gable was named one of the 100 Golden Olympians, an honor bestowed to the top 100 U.S. Olympians of all time. In 2002, he was appointed to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Several networks, including ESPN and HBO, have aired documentaries on Gable’s life and accomplishments. Some of his most recent accolades include being named the top wrestler of the 20th century by Gannett News Service, listed as one of the top coaches in the 20th century by ESPN, and heralded as Sports Figure of the Century in Iowa by Sports Illustrated. During the 2012 Olympics, Gable was inducted into the FILA Hall of Fame Legends of the Sport, making him only the third person in the world to receive this honor. Coaching accomplishments at a glance: • Coached Iowa to 15 NCAA titles • 21-year record of 355-21-5 (94.4%) • Big Ten record of 131-2-1 (98.5%) • 21 Big Ten team titles • Coach of 45 national champions • Coach of 152 All-Americans • Coach of 106 Big Ten champions • 3-time NCAA Coach of the Year • 7 perfect seasons • 9 consecutive NCAA titles • NCAA record of 170 team points in 1997 • 1980, 1984, 2000 U.S. Olympic head coach • Coach of 12 Hawkeye Olympians • Sports Figure of the Century in Iowa by Sports Illustrated Wrestling accomplishments at a glance: • 3-time Iowa High School state champion • 3-time Big Eight champion Iowa State University • 3-time All-American • 182-1 combined prep and college record • 6-time Midlands champion • 3-time U.S. freestyle national champion • 1971 world champion • Outstanding Wrestler at Tbilisi Tournament • 1972 Olympic gold medalist • Did not surrender a point in Munich Games • Top 100 Olympians of all time • Wrestler of the Century by Gannett Co.
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