The Losses of Dan Gable

Originally Published: August 21, 2013
By Wright Thompson | Outside the Lines &
ESPN The Magazine

Feb. 12, Iowa City, Iowa

On the morning the IOC announced it would drop wrestling from the Olympics, Dan Gable was a continent away, fast asleep.(It was dark outside. His wife, Kathy, sat at the computer, waiting on the coffeemaker to start. She scrolled through the Iowa wrestling message boards, and one thread caught her attention. When she finished reading, she hurried to the bedroom. Dan was on the left side of the bed, on his stomach. That sticks in her mind, for some reason -- him peaceful, unaware. She tapped him, asked if he knew anything about the Olympics getting rid of wrestling in 2020.(He mumbled something and kept sleeping, for( a few moments, until the information traveled through his subconscious and he rushed to the computer. The news rearranged his world. Sitting by himself in the dark, Gable struggled not to cry. He called the head of USA Wrestling and blurted, "Tell me it isn't true!"


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