Who was Dan Gable?
Dan Gable is a renowned American wrestler. His full name is Daniel Mack Gable. He became well-known for his ‘folk style’ and ‘freestyle’ wrestling. We may also find him a successful head coach. He made us proud by winning prestigious medals, including ‘world gold medal,’ ‘Olympic gold medal.’ He became successful in his life by dint of his positive attitude and courage.
Gable was always focused on his goal in his life. He had a strong desire to make his family members proud of him. He was successful not only to make his family members proud; rather, he made us proud too. By going through the Dan Gable quotes, you can be acquainted with this legend.
Dan Gable Quotes :
1. If you are afraid to fail, you will never succeed. – Dan Gable
Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit. Give everything you got today for tomorrow may never come. – Dan Gable
3. I never won anything by myself. I was always strong because of help that gave me extra strength to win. – Dan Gable
4. If you’re afraid to fail, you’ll never succeed. – Dan Gable
5. The 1st period is won by the best technician. The 2nd period is won by the kid in the best shape. The 3rd period is won by the kid with the biggest heart. – Dan Gable
6. I’m a big believer in starting with high standards and raising them. We make progress only when we push ourselves to the highest level. If we don’t progress, we backslide into bad habits, laziness and poor attitude. – Dan Gable
7. Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. – Dan Gable
8. Once you’ve wrestled, everything in life is easy. – Dan Gable
9. When I’d get tired and want to stop, I’d wonder what my next opponent was doing. I’d wonder if he was still working out. I’d tried to visualize him. When I could see him working, I’d start pushing myself. When I could see him in the shower, I’d push myself harder. – Dan Gable
10. Raising your level of performance requires a proper mentality and meaning from within. This gives you the ability and drive to work on the things necessary to go to a higher level. When people ask me how to raise their level of performance, the first thing I ask is, How important is it to you? – Dan Gable
11. More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill – none have wrestled without pride. – Dan Gable
Determination is the strength needed to succeed. – Dan Gable
13. Wrestling… what men do during boys basketball season. – Dan Gable
14. A clean, hard-fought wrestling match is the most honest of athletic contests. There is no technological interventions, no teammates to blame, no panel of judges to bias the score. In wrestling, you compete or you quit. No alibis. I like that – Dan Gable
15. Talent is everywhere, winning attitude is not. – Dan Gable
16. There’s always ways of motivating yourself to higher levels. Write about it, dream about it. But after that, turn it into action. Don’t just dream. – Dan Gable
17. Always remember the pain of defeat, and never let it happen again. – Dan Gable
18. The easiest thing to do in the world is pull the covers up over your head and go back to sleep. – Dan Gable
19. When I lifted weights, I didn’t lift just to maintain my muscle tone. I lifted to increase what I already had, to push to a new limit. Every time I worked, I was getting a little better. I kept moving that limit back and back. Every time I walked out of the gym, I was a little better than when I walked in. – Dan Gable
20. I vowed I wouldn’t ever let anyone destroy me again. I was going to work at it every day, so hard that I would be the toughest guy in the world. By the end of practice, I wanted to be physically tired, to know that I’d been through a workout. If I wasn’t tired, I must have cheated somehow, so I stayed a little longer. – Dan Gable
21. You can’t ever work too much because there’s no such thing as being in too good condition. You can’t ever lift too many weights because you can’t ever get too strong. You can’t ever wrestle too much because you can always do better. – Dan Gable
22. There is no mat space for malcontents or dissenters. One must neither celebrate insanely when he wins, nor sulk when he loses. He accepts victory professionally, humbly; he hates defeat, but makes no poor display of it. – Dan Gable
23. We, as a wrestling community, better remember it is more than one individual that makes a winner. – Dan Gable
24. The obvious goals were there- State Champion, NCAA Champion, Olympic Champion. To get there I had to set an everyday goal which was to push myself to exhaustion or, in other words, to work so hard in practice that someone would have to carry me off the mat. – Dan Gable
25. Freedom across the world is a result of many individuals working together. – Dan Gable
Wrestlers are a little more dedicated than, and are different from, the other people, which may be strange. – Dan Gable
27. A lot of my intensity in wrestling was due to my mental preparation before the matches. I got myself into a different world. – Dan Gable
28. My advice to young wrestlers is that your surroundings really make a difference. You want to put yourself in good, positive surroundings. – Dan Gable
29. If we don’t progress, we backslide into bad habits, laziness and poor attitude. – Dan Gable
30. All I worried about was what Owings was doing to me, instead of what I was doing to him. When you start worrying about that stuff, you’re going down the wrong path. – Dan Gable
31. Wrestling is the only sport I’ve ever competed in that puts you totally in a situation of constant motion without breaks. I could play football or baseball, swim — but there’s always some kind of situation that would break my thoughts, break my concentration. – Dan Gable
32. Wrestling has been a way of life with me day in and day out. I won’t get too far away from it. I might walk through the wrestling room once a week. I could go every day if I wanted. But just walk through, make sure it’s still there. – Dan Gable
I can take anyone down at anytime; they can’t take me down; no one can ride or turn me; I can control anyone.– Dan Gable
34. If you want to train and work hard 3 months out of the year, well, then, UNI is a great place to go. If you want to bust your tail 6 months out of the year, you should be very happy at ISU. But if you want to train and develop into a champion 12 months out of the year, then Iowa is the place for you. – Dan Gable
37. My valleys are higher than most people’s peaks. I stay at that level. – Dan Gable
38. My mind’s never gone very far away from what I wanted to accomplish. – Dan Gable
39. I’m delighted to be back in coaching. Our goal is to put Iowa wrestling back on top, and I want to do everything I can to make it happen. – Dan Gable
40. My coaches were great. My mom and dad. My dad never missed a wrestling meet. – Dan Gable
41. I’ve never changed my life since I was 4 and went to the YMCA with a gym bag. I still have that philosophy. In fact, I still have that gym bag. – Dan Gable
Greatness in the mat is achieved through training that make you push to survive. – Dan Gable
43. But we’ve got to work. We can’t just live on reputations at all – by any means. – Dan Gable
45. Right out of high school I never had the fear of getting beat, which is how most people lose. – Dan Gable
46. There’s nothing like success. – Dan Gable
47. But after that, turn it into action. Don’t just dream. – Dan Gable
48. More endearingly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self control and pride. – Dan Gable
49. If you’re going to stay in the Olympics, you’ve got to be entertaining and get sponsorship. – Dan Gable
50. When my wrestlers got their hands raised, I jumped for joy. – Dan Gable
51. My wrestling and family go together. It’s always been that way, from day one with my mom and dad, my sister, my wife, four daughters, grandsons, son-in-laws. – Dan Gable
52. I don’t think college wrestling is in danger of extinction by any means. But I am concerned if one program drops. – Dan Gable
53. The bells are a very good investment. They never break if they are maintained. I can teach the kids the basics. They may play bells for only one year, but many of them go on to play at local churches. – Dan Gable
54. I went to college. I had a double major in biology and physical education, but my major was wrestling. – Dan Gable
I’ve been a fanatic about working out all my life. – Dan Gable
There is no mat space for malcontents or dissenters. – Dan Gable
You don’t really measure the year until the whole year is done. I’m sure there are some concerned people, including the coaches right now. – Dan Gable
Many of those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom have come through the wrestling ranks. We need to honor them and win this decision to have wrestling – the world’s oldest sport – remain a part of the most prestigious athletic competition in the world, the Olympics. – Dan Gable
Biography of Dan Gable:
Dan Gable spent his early childhood in Waterloo of the United States. His early life was traumatic because of a tragic incident. One day Dan Gable along with his parents went on a trip. When they returned home, they found the dead body of Dan’s elder sister. One of their neighbors raped and brutally killed her.
His sister’s death turned and changed the way of his life. This tragic incident leads him to be a wrestler. He believed that his sister could see him from the sky. He wanted to make his parents and his sister proud.
The tragic event of his life did not distract him from his aim. Rather, it motivates him in his life. He studied at Iowa State University. He became skilled in ‘folkstyle wrestling’ when he was a student of this University. Dan Gable makes us proud by getting the honor of being the NCAA National Champion and the National runner up. In his college career, he had lost only once.
After completing the study, Dan Gable started his career as a ‘freestyle wrestler.’ He became very successful in his career. In 1971, he achieved a gold medal from the Tblisi Tournament. In the same year, Dan Gable won the gold medal from the world championship.
In 1972, we may also notice his success in the Olympic Games. The Cauliflower Alley Club honored him by offering him the ‘Art Abrams Lifetime Achievement Award.’ Dan Gable spent a long time of his career as a wrestling coach at the University of Iowa.
He worked as the coach of ‘folkstyle wrestling.’ Gable also coached the ‘freestyle wrestling.’ He was successful in his responsibility of being a head coach of six world teams. He also coached three Olympic teams.
Why should we follow him?
If we go through the biography of Dan Gable, we’ll find him extremely positive towards his life. It is very natural that a person breakdown from the trauma of personal life. In the case of Dan Gable, we can see that his trauma gives him the courage to achieve his goal. The tragic death of his elder sister did not break him down.
After this incident, he has grown courage to be successful in his life and make his family members proud. He did not let the personal loss to overcome the focus of his life. We should also possess a positive attitude towards our life. We should follow his courageous attitude to overcome the crisis of our life.