In a sport where even the greatest athletes and coaches are not known by the general public, Dan Gable is a notable exception.
Even folks who seem to have trouble sorting the difference between amateur wrestling and the WWE, seem to have an idea of who Dan Gable is.
However, even those of us who are real wrestling fanatics may not have a full appreciation of Gable’s accomplishments as a Waterloo West High School wrestler, Iowa State Cyclone superstar, 1972 Olympic gold medalist, and long-time University of Iowa head coach.
Which makes a recent profile of “Gable the Great” in the Dubuque (Iowa) Tribune-Herald required reading for all wrestling fans.
In his article titled “Iowa’s Ambassador,” Tim O’Neill writes about Gable’s recent appearance in the Iowa river city to give a speech on overcoming adversity. However, the prime focus of the profile is a question-and-answer segment, where O’Neill asks Gable about his most memorable moment in wrestling… the future of wrestling in Iowa… and what he will be doing to help promote wrestling.
The article also deftly weaves in facts about Dan Gable’s career as a wrestler and coach. All of these elements combine to make for must-reading for any student of the sport.
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