Olympic wrestling saga (videos): Dan Gable talks grandkids, Country Music tears; Ironside holds out hope
Olympic gold medalist Dan Gable and two-time Iowa NCAA champ Mark Ironside talked today about the possible impact of an initial IOC vote to eliminate wrestling at the 2020 Olympics.
Gable, who won gold in 1972 without surrendering a point, is one of the most iconic names in the sport – a high school champ in Iowa from Waterloo, an NCAA champion at Iowa State and one of the most successful college coaches in history at Iowa.
Ironside, who was selected for the sport’s top college award named The Hodge Trophy while with the Hawkeyes, joined Gable in Des Moines for a program to award top performers in the sport at the Iowa Hall of Pride.
Gable said thinking about the damage to his sports – along with his grandchildren – brings him to the edge of tears:
The wrestling community must remember how vulnerable it became as the sport moves forward, Gable said:
Ironisde said he “doesn’t even want to think about” the Olympics without the sport that guided him to athletic heights:
And read more about the global impact in my column … HERE.