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Publisher's Summary

What does it take to be an Olympic gold medalist and to coach a collegiate team to 15 NCAA titles? In A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable, famed wrestler and wrestling coach Dan Gable tells engaging and inspiring stories of his childhood in Waterloo, Iowa; overcoming the murder of his sister as a teenager; his sports career from swimming as a young boy, to his earliest wrestling matches, through the 1972 Olympics; coaching at the University of Iowa from the Banachs to the Brands; life-changing friendships he made along the way; and tales of his family life off the mat. A celebration of determination, teamwork, and the persevering human spirit, A Wrestling Life captures Gable's methods and philosophies for reaching individual greatness as well as the incredible amount of fulfillment and satisfaction that comes from working as part of a team.

©2015 the University of Iowa Press (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"No one is a better motivator than Gable and that is a huge part of the success of Iowa wrestling." (Lou Banach, 1984 Olympic gold medalist)

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Enjoyable Read

Great read, great inspiration, and great life lessons. Thank you Coach Gable! One of my favorite wrestling experiences growing up was attending your Iowa style 2-week intensive training camp in the summer of 1994. I was exposed to the meaning of hard work and enjoyed almost every minute of it.

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Amazing!

Highly recommend! Make sure you have time because you will but want to stop listening!

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Great stories from an Iowa legend!

We loved Dan's stories about life lessons the best. His methods for success were also inspiring and his passion for wrestling is also a blueprint for success. Great book!

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Outstanding book for any athlete student or worker

First of all I am a big wrestling fan and athletes. What I found most impressive with this book is that it helps an individual look at life and the things that are most important to us as we work to achieve our goals.

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mindset of a champion

Gables mindset seperated him from everyone else. very intriguing insight in to gables perspective. I would recommend this book and thoroughly enjoyed it

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  • Jeff
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 06-12-16

A true gem for life lessons

This is a book is a series of lessons from sports icon Dan Gable, but they can be applied to all parts of life, business, etc. To be the best, learn from the best.

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Not a good one

I thought this book with give an in depth knowledge of Dan Gable and philosophy. It's more like a scatter brain of thoughts in timeline. Don't know where it's going.

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If you are a wrestler you needed to have this.

loved it. If you're a wrestler you need to hear this story of a legend. If you are not a wrestler you need to hear this to see why you should be. Thank you Mr. Gable for sharing your incredible story.

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Great stories and lessons

Loved it! My 10 year old did too. Inspiring stories through hard work and dedication.

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A True Legend

A true legend in the world of sports an awesome lesson. And awesome man awesome coach an awesome athlete an awesome individual.

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  • Master J. A. Ware
  • 06-25-17

like bland, warm and comforting porridge.

Dan Gable is a legend within wrestling/mma/bjj circles for being one of the finest Olympic wrestlers and wresting coaches. however this book is pretty dull and uninteresting.

this book is essentially short stories from Dan's life , all seem to have a underlying moral message underneath them. There is little information on the technical aspects of the sport or dans actual career. The nature of the book results in a vauge and cobbled together collection of stories.

An incredibly easy listen, but it is the audio equivalent of bland but comforting porridge. Very well read though.