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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Dan Gable on motivational, record, wrestling, shoes, pride, sports, determination, skill, mind, accomplish, freedom and strength.

58 Inspiring Quotes By Dan Gable That Will Teach You The Gamesmanship

Quick Facts

Famous As: Wrestler

Born On: October 25, 1948

Born In: Waterloo

Dan Gable is a distinguished retired American Olympic wrestler and head coach recognized as one of the greatest amateur wrestlers that the country ever had. He is famed for his tenure as the head coach at the University of Iowa. He won fifteen NCAA titles during 1976 and 1997. Gable also gained fame for having lost only a single match in his entire Iowa State University collegiate career. In 1972, Gable also bagged in a gold medal in the Olympic Games held at Munich, Germany where he did not lose a single point. In Iowa, 25th October 2013 was recognized as ‘Dan Gable Day’. He has also authored a book titled ‘Coaching Wrestling Successful’ in which he shared his coaching techniques for developing wrestling champions. Gable has shared his thoughts, opinions and views on subjects close to his heart through his work, writings and life. Following is a compilation of quotes and sayings by Dan Gable which he shared both within and outside the ring.
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Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.

Dan Gable

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

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

My mind's never gone very far away from what I wanted to accomplish.

Dan Gable

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

My valleys are higher than most people's peaks. I stay at that level.

Dan Gable

I went to college. I had a double major in biology and physical education, but my major was wrestling.

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Freedom across the world is a result of many individuals working together.

Dan Gable

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

I shoot, I score. He shoots, I score.

Dan Gable

The easiest thing to do in the world is pull the covers up over your head and go back to sleep.

Dan Gable

When my wrestlers got their hands raised, I jumped for joy.

Dan Gable

We, as a wrestling community, better remember it is more than one individual that makes a winner.

Dan Gable

Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is easy.

Dan Gable

If you are afraid to fail, you will never succeed.

Dan Gable

My advice to young wrestlers is that your surroundings really make a difference. You want to put yourself in good, positive surroundings.

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Right out of high school I never had the fear of getting beat, which is how most people lose.

Dan Gable

If you're going to stay in the Olympics, you've got to be entertaining and get sponsorship.

Dan Gable

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

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

Wrestling... what men do during boys basketball season.

Dan Gable

If you're afraid to fail, you'll never succeed.

Dan Gable

Once you've wrestled, everything in life is easy.

Dan Gable

My coaches were great. My mom and dad. My dad never missed a wrestling meet.

Dan Gable

I never won anything by myself. I was always strong because of help that gave me extra strength to win.

Dan Gable

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

Once you've wretled everthing else in life is easy.

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

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

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

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

There is no mat space for malcontents or dissenters.

Dan Gable

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

More endearingly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self control and pride.

Dan Gable

Greatness in the mat is achieved through training that make you push to survive.

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But we've got to work. We can't just live on reputations at all - by any means.

Dan Gable

If we don't progress, we backslide into bad habits, laziness and poor attitude.

Dan Gable

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

Great wrestlers make other wrestlers great

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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

Always remember the pain of defeat, and never let it happen again.

Dan Gable

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.

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Talent is everywhere, winning attitude is not.

Dan Gable

Determination is the strength needed to succeed.

Dan Gable

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

Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit. Give everything you got today for tomorrow may never come.

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I've been a fanatic about working out all my life.

Dan Gable

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.

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I don't think college wrestling is in danger of extinction by any means. But I am concerned if one program drops.

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There's nothing like success.

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Wrestlers are a little more dedicated than, and are different from, the other people, which may be strange.

Dan Gable

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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