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Dan Gable
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    (October 25, 1948- )
    Born in Waterloo, Iowa
    Won a gold medal in freestyle wrestling at the Munich Olympics (1972)
    Overall amateur record of 299-6-3
    Coached the University of Iowa wrestling team (1976-97)
    NCAA record of 355-21-5
    Head coach of the US Olympic freestyle wrestling team (1984, 2000)
    His training regimen included wearing weights while mowing the lawn.
    After his only college defeat, he said, ‘At first, I couldn't face my parents. I felt I had let them down.'
    While training for the Olympics, he would wake up in the middle of the night, think ‘The Russians might be training' and do sit-ups and push-ups until he went back to sleep.
    When the US Olympic team was invited to the White House, he decided not to attend because it would interfere with his training schedule.
    He was so wrapped up in the competition at the Olympics that during an interview he did not immediately realize that the reporter was talking about the murder of Israeli athletes.
    On at least one occasion, police were called to the house because his father was beating him and his sister.
    His older sister was raped and murdered in the family home while he and his parents were on a fishing trip (1964).
    Despite a painful knee injury, he did not lose a single point to an opponent at the Olympics.
    He coached Iowa to nine straight NCAA championships (1978-86), tying the record for the longest streak of titles for any college in any sport.
    He coached Iowa to a 17th NCAA title while on crutches following hip replacement surgery (1997).
    Tom Cruise called Gable his greatest hero.

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