Dan Gable, the 2000 USA Olympic wrestling coach, enters his fifth season as the color analyst on Iowa Public Television's College Wrestling Series. Gable won the National Wrestling Media Association's "Broadcaster of the Year" award his first year on the air.
Gable's teams won the Big Ten title every year he was the head of the Iowa program. He had a winning percentage of .932 and captured nine consecutive NCAA Championships (1978-86). That equals the longest streak of national titles won by any school in any sport, and is also held by Yale golf (1905-13) and Southern Cal track (1935-43).
Gable coached many United States teams in international freestyle competition. He is a three-time Olympic head coach (1980, 1984 and 2000). The 1984 Olympic team, which featured four Hawkeyes, won seven gold medals. He was an assistant freestyle coach at the 1988 Olympics.
Gable coached the U.S. team to a bronze medal at the 1986 Goodwill Games and has led several all-star teams to Europe and the Soviet Union. He was an assistant on the 1989 World Team that competed in Switzerland.
Gable earned national fame in 1972 when he won a gold medal at the Summer Olympics. On his way to the championships, he did not surrender a point to any of his opponents.
During his prep and college careers, Gable compiled an unbelievable record of 182-1. He was undefeated in 64 prep matches and 118-1 at Iowa State. He won his first 117 college matches, and NCAA record, before suffering his only defeat in the NCAA finals his senior year. Gable was a three-time all-American, three-time Big Eight champion and two-time national champion.
Gable was named to the U.S.A. Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1980 and to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1985. He was named the nation's outstanding wrestler by the AAU in 1970 and the U.S. Wrestling Federation in 1971. He was the Amateur Wrestling News Man of the Year in 1970.
Gable was born Oct. 25, 1948 in Waterloo. He received his B.S. degree from Iowa State in 1971. He and his wife, Kathy, have four daughters: Jennifer, Annie, Molly and Mackenzie.
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