Wrestling Legend to Attend RAGBRAI in Waterloo

  • 21 July, 2010

Iowa’s greatest sports figure will be in Waterloo, Iowa, on Thursday, July 29 for RAGBRAI.  Dan Gable, a native of Waterloo, is arguably the greatest coach and athlete ever. In 1972 Gable won the Olympic Games in freestyle wrestling without surrendering a point. As the head wrestling coach at the University of Iowa from 1977-1997, he led his teams to 15 NCAA titles in 21 years.

“As a former member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, I’m proud to be associated with an event that promotes health and the City of Waterloo,” said Gable. “Being one of 12 Olympic wrestling champions from Iowa allows me to promote fitness and this sport.”

Gable will be at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at 4 p.m. for pictures and autographs. At 5 p.m. Gable will put Doug Schwab and his training partner through a Gable-style workout in the Dan Gable Teaching Center located inside the Dan Gable Museum.

Gable’s workouts are known worldwide for their intensity.

Schwab, an NCAA champion and three-time All-American for the University of Iowa, was recently named the head wrestling coach at the University of Northern Iowa. He was recruited to Iowa by Gable in 1996.

At 8 p.m. Gable will welcome all RAGBRAI riders to Waterloo at Lost Island Water Park.

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum is located at 303 Jefferson Street in Waterloo, Iowa. For more information call (319) 233-0745 or e-mail info@wrestlingmuseum.org.


  1. Alan Hutson

    What a fantastic individual to meet. My son who is starting wrestling will look forward to meeting Dan. We are coming in from Atlanta. Thanks RAGBRAI

  2. cubbies1945

    I look forward to seeing Dan! Thanks for this very neat oppertunity to meet a wrestling legend!!!!!!

  3. PA-Jay

    This is great news! Thanks RAGBRAI for pulling this together!

  4. Tom Townsend

    Dan is a couple of years older then myself. Actually saw him wrestle in Britt, IA. West waterloo versus Britt? really doesn’t seem fair. Anyhow I took Judo with his coach, Harold Nichols, watched him wreste there along with Chris Taylor. I just wished he would have been the ISU coach but Nichols did not want to retire at the time. Hey Dan give me a cll (641) 923-2891. Have been to most nationals cheering for ISU. Tom

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