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What does it take to be an Olympic gold medalist and to coach a collegiate team to 15 NCAA titles? In A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable, famed wrestler and wrestling coach Dan Gable tells engaging and inspiring stories of his childhood in Waterloo, Iowa; overcoming the murder of his sister as a teenager; his sports career from swimming as a young boy, to his earliest wrestling matches, through the 1972 Olympics; coaching at the University of Iowa from the Banachs to the Brands; life-changing friendships he made along the way; and tales of his family life off the mat. A celebration of determination, teamwork, and the persevering human spirit, A Wrestling Life captures Gable's methods and philosophies for reaching individual greatness as well as the incredible amount of fulfillment and satisfaction that comes from working as part of a team.

©2015 the University of Iowa Press (P)2015 Tantor

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"No one is a better motivator than Gable and that is a huge part of the success of Iowa wrestling." (Lou Banach, 1984 Olympic gold medalist)

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like bland, warm and comforting porridge.

Dan Gable is a legend within wrestling/mma/bjj circles for being one of the finest Olympic wrestlers and wresting coaches. however this book is pretty dull and uninteresting.

this book is essentially short stories from Dan's life , all seem to have a underlying moral message underneath them. There is little information on the technical aspects of the sport or dans actual career. The nature of the book results in a vauge and cobbled together collection of stories.

An incredibly easy listen, but it is the audio equivalent of bland but comforting porridge. Very well read though.

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  • Tim M.
  • 12-02-19

Live, Breathe, Train a Wrestlers Life

Loved It, soaked up every word & memory. I dealt like I was a part of this knowing Dan Gable & once recruited by him. I'll listen to this 100×'s in my years. it will never get old.

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  • J. M. Faurote
  • 01-07-22

Dan Gable: An Everyman Hero

I liked the folksy narration by Joe Garrett who spoke in as close as you can get to small-town Iowa voice.

Dan Gable had a modest upbringing who started practicing for wrestling at an early age, middle school, and was beset by a tragedy, his sister being murdered when he was in high school. He was especially intense as he started practicing much harder on his wrestling skills to keep his parents together. That was a success as he was virtually undefeated in high school and college at Iowa State and the family stayed together following his wrestling matches. They followed him to the 1972 Munich Olympics where he won a gold but the Games were quickly overshadowed by the slaughter of the Israeli athletes.

Regardless of where he was at in life; the 72 Olympics, coaching at Iowa, he kept track or at least tried to of everyone in the program. He took the meaning of coaching seriously so his wrestlers can contact him anytime on life issues. Also, he seemed to be the antithesis of Bob Knight in coaching.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-05-21

Fun insightful tales.

I heard a variation of some of these stories while at a wrestling coaches clinic in 2001. It a nice listen.

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  • Tory Morgan
  • 15-01-21

Greatness

Gable is a great person and athlete. I didn’t wrestle, but I was happy with how applicable this book is to the life of anyone looking to push the limits of their field.

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  • Chris
  • 17-10-20

AWESOME!!!

The stories are inspiring. Dan Gable is the Michael Jordan of Wrestling. Read it twice.

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  • Nate Sellers
  • 09-12-19

easy listening, great stories, Dan is the Man!

love to hear the trials and tribulations this works great. Iwill definitely listen to again!

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  • priceless
  • 21-03-19

A book for wrestling fans

The whole family enjoyed listening to this enlightening story about our favorite sport of wrestling.

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  • David A. Johnson
  • 29-11-18

Gable wins again! Appropriate for everyone, not just wrestlers

I enjoyed every minute of it, couldn’t put it down. This book is about his life and stories about family, wrestling, strategy, philosophy etc. It is not a technical book of specifics in wrestling, so it’s appropriate for anyone, even if they have never wrestled. For my fellow wrestlers however, it will show you the mindset of a champion. I wish I could have read it in high school (80s). My dad would have loved it too. He once called Gable “a man amongst men”.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-10-18

Enjoyable Read

Great read, great inspiration, and great life lessons. Thank you Coach Gable! One of my favorite wrestling experiences growing up was attending your Iowa style 2-week intensive training camp in the summer of 1994. I was exposed to the meaning of hard work and enjoyed almost every minute of it.

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  • Joshua Greetan
  • 13-04-18

Amazing!

Highly recommend! Make sure you have time because you will but want to stop listening!