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SpouseKathy Gable
FactInducted into the Iowa State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997 (inaugural class).

Dan Gable is an American folkstyle and freestyle wrestler. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, a World Champion, and an NCAA Division I National Champion. Gable is considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. He is also a successful coach, having coached the Iowa Hawkeyes to 15 NCAA team titles, six Olympic teams, and 21 individual NCAA champions.

Gable was born in Waterloo, Iowa, on October 25, 1948. His parents, Katie and John Gable, were both farmers. He has three sisters: Diane, Donna, and Debbie. Gable began wrestling when he was five years old. He was coached by his father and brothers in his early years. Gable attended Waterloo West High School, where he compiled a record of 182-1 with 21 falls. He won the state championship in 1966 and 1967.

Gable then attended Iowa State University, where he wrestled for the Cyclones under legendary coach Harold Nichols. Gable compiled a record of 118-1 with 43 falls at Iowa State. He won the NCAA Division I National Championship in 1970 and 1971. Gable also won the Big Eight Conference title in 1970 and 1971.

After college, Gable joined the U.S. Olympic team and won a gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. He then became a coach at the University of Iowa, where he coached the Hawkeyes to 15 NCAA team titles, six Olympic teams, and 21 individual NCAA champions. Gable retired from coaching in 1997.

Gable has been married twice. His first wife was Kathy Sheppard, with whom he had two children: Megan and Mark. His second wife is Christine Nordby, with whom he has two children: Mackenzie and Dylan.

Gable is 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 meters) tall and weighs 160 pounds (73 kilograms).

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Full NameDan Gable
Height1.75 m
Weight68 kg
ProfessionCoach, Professional Wrestler
EducationUniversity of Iowa, Iowa State University


SpouseKathy Gable
ChildrenMackenzie McCord, Jenni Mitchell, Annie Gavin, Molly Olszta
ParentsMack Gable, Katie Gable
SiblingsDiane Gable

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1Inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
2Inducted into the Iowa State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997 (inaugural class).
3Inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1980.
4Had two hip replacement surgeries.
5Soviet Union launched a nationwide search for a wrestler who could be Gable, after he beat several of its top grapplers.
6Member of the Olympic Hall of Fame.
7In six matches, he did not surrender a point.
8Trained for the Olympics for three years, working out for seven hours a day, seven days a week.
9Won Olympic Lightweight Gold Medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics, in Munich, West Germany.
10Had a combined high school and collegiate record of 182-1 and 299-6-3 overall record including national and international matches.
11Won two NCAA Wrestling championships at Iowa State University.
12Graduated from Waterloo (Ia.) West High School.
13Won three Iowa High School State Wrestling titles.
14Coached Iowa to 15 NCAA National Wrestling (nine in a row from 1978-1986) Championships and 21 Big 10 Wrestling titles.
15Head Wrestling Coach at the University of Iowa (1977-1997).



Ghost & GoblinsDocumentary filmingHimself
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2004TV Series documentaryHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The Unreal Story of Professional Wrestling1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Wrestler1974Himself

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The Spectacular Legacy of the AWA2006Video documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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