A Wrestling Life

The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (255 ratings)

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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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AWESOME!!!

The stories are inspiring. Dan Gable is the Michael Jordan of Wrestling. Read it twice.

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easy listening, great stories, Dan is the Man!

love to hear the trials and tribulations this works great. Iwill definitely listen to again!

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A book for wrestling fans

The whole family enjoyed listening to this enlightening story about our favorite sport of wrestling.

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Live, Breathe, Train a Wrestlers Life

Loved It, soaked up every word & memory. I dealt like I was a part of this knowing Dan Gable & once recruited by him. I'll listen to this 100×'s in my years. it will never get old.

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Gable wins again! Appropriate for everyone, not just wrestlers

I enjoyed every minute of it, couldn’t put it down. This book is about his life and stories about family, wrestling, strategy, philosophy etc. It is not a technical book of specifics in wrestling, so it’s appropriate for anyone, even if they have never wrestled. For my fellow wrestlers however, it will show you the mindset of a champion. I wish I could have read it in high school (80s). My dad would have loved it too. He once called Gable “a man amongst men”.

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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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  • 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.