Trump to award Presidential Medal of Freedom to wrestling legend Dan Gable

by Joel Abbott · Dec 4th, 2020 2:27 pm

Last Updated Dec 7th, 2020 at 8:34 am

The White House said Friday that President Trump will award Olympic gold medalist and former college wrestling champ Dan Gable with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday.

The 72-year-old Gable is considered one of the greatest American wrestlers of all time, finishing his time at Iowa State with a 117-1 record before winning several international titles and securing a gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.

Gable was also a two-time NCAA Wrestling Champion, three-time All-American, and three-time Big Eight Champion.

After these accomplishments, Gable went on to coach at the University of Iowa from 1976-1997, with an overall career of 355-21 and 15 NCAA National Team Titles. He trained hundreds of renowned athletes – including 12 Olympians – and coached at five Olympic games.

Trump previously indicated he would be awarding the medal to Gable at an October rally.

"Gable has inspired thousands of athletes in Iowa, the United States, and the world," said the White House. "Today, Gable still resides in the Hawkeye State with his wife, Kathy. He is an author, motivational speaker, father, and grandfather."


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