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Dan Gable


1948 Born October 25 in Waterloo, Iowa, to Mack and Katie Gable
1960 Wins YMCA backstroke championship
1962 Suffers first loss in wrestling
1964 Shattered when learns his sister was raped and murdered. Uses it as motivating force in his life
1968 Enters into college career, one of most successful ever, at Waterloo West and Iowa State
1972 Wins Gold Medal for the United States in the Olympics
1974 Marries Kathy Carpenter
1974 Asked by Gary Kurdelmeier at Iowa to be assistant coach
1977 Leads Iowa Hawkeyes to Big Ten Championship in first season as head coach
1979 Coaches Hawkeyes to first ever undefeated and untied season (19-0-0)
1980 Asked to coach Olympic team
1980 Honored with induction into the USA Wrestling Hall of Fame
1984 Coaches the 1984 U.S. wrestling team at Olympic games in Los Angeles. His wrestlers win seven gold and two silver medals
1985 Coaches second perfect season at Iowa (18-0-0)
1985 Enters U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame
1986 Leads U.S. team to bronze medal at 1986 Goodwill Games
1992 Coaches third perfect season
1997 Announces retirement from coaching
1997 Undergoes hip replacement surgery
1999 Airing of Dan Gable documentary on HBO, Freestyle: The Victories of Dan Gable
2001 Considers running for Governor of Iowa, but decides not to

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