#13 - Wrestling, Tough Lessons, and Overcoming Adversity with Dan Gable

About a week ago, I received a phone call from an unknown number. Thinking it was just a telemarketer, I picked up disgruntled. 
Turns out it was Olympic legend, Dan Gable, responding to an email I had send out weeks ago.
I would be lying if I said I wasn't surprised.

A day later I traveled to Dan's home in Iowa City to interview him for the podcast.

It was a fascinating conversation and I wish I would've had the mic rolling as he gave me a tour through his home.

For those of you who don't know Dan is an Olympic gold medal winner and one of the greatest wrestlers AND wrestling coaches to ever live.

His accolades as a Coach include:
Coached Iowa to 15 NCAA Titles
21 yr. record of 355-21-5 (94.4%)
Big Ten record of 131-2-1 (98.5%)
21 Big Ten Team Titles
Coached 45 National Champions
Coached 152 All-Americans
Coached 106 Big Ten Champions
3x NCAA Coach of the Year
7 perfect seasons
9 Consecutive NCAA titles
NCAA record of 170 team points in 1997
1980, 1984, 2000 US Olympic Head Coach
Coached 12 Hawkeye Olympians
‘Sports Figure of the Century in Iowa’ by Sports Illustrated

His accolades as a competitor include:
3x Iowa High School State Champion
3x Big Eight Champion Iowa State University
3x All-American
182-1 Combined prep and college record
6x Midlands Champion
3x USA Freestyle National Champion
1971 World Champion
Outstanding Wrestler at Tbilisi Tournament
1972 Olympic Gold Medalist
Did not surrender a point in Munich Games
Top 100 Olympians of all time
Wrestler of the Century by Gannett Co.

In this episode Trevor and Dan discuss:
-Why you need competition
-Difference between good and great wrestler
-Experiences wrestling and coaching
-What excites him most about going to competitions
-How do you get ready for the competition
-Getting over stage fright
-The importance of mentorship
-His family struggles
-Getting through challenges using adversity

Resources from the episode:
Heart of a Champion by Bob Richards (amzn.to/2xPDwru)
A Wrestling Life (amzn.to/2wJHa6j)
A Wrestling Life 2 (amzn.to/2xQ9qV4)

 

Music provided by Moods: open.spotify.com/artist/14uVJsPC4DByeuD0cq36ez