Dan Gable

With his recent appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast, we are hopeful that more people will learn of the living legend, Dan Gable.  A staple in every wrestling room, this man is more of an icon and influencer than a retired athlete.  Let’s take a look at a few of the many reasons Dan Gable is a Featured Alpha.

  •  Born in 1948 in Waterloo, Iowa.
  • At 15, his sister was brutally assaulted and murdered.  Gable used this as motivation to train harder as he was deeply impacted by the tragedy.
  • Gable went undefeated in his high school wrestling career and went on to wrestle at Iowa State University.  While at Iowa State, he lost only 1 match in his career.
  • After university, Gable went on to win the 1972 Olympic games, not losing a single point and becoming the first American to win gold in 12 years.
  • Gable went 182-1 during his prep and college wrestling career.
  • Gable went on to coach University of Iowa to 15 NCAA titles in 21 seasons and the winningest coach in college wrestling history.
  • Gable also coached the 1980, 1984 and 2000 US Olympic teams.
  • In 2020, Gable was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • While Gable’s accomplishments are impressive, his training habits and motivational speeches and quotes make him equally as regarded.
  • During his Olympics training, it was not uncommon for Gable to start his training prior to 5AM and over the course of several sessions during the day, not finish until 10PM.
  • A famous grip often used in jiu-jitsu is named after him (Gable Grip).
  • Gable’s mental toughness and work ethic are what continue to influence generations of people.  We strongly advise taking a closer look…

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