Gable: Olympic Decision "Broke Me Up"

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

Former Hawkeye Wrestling Coach and wrestling legend Dan Gable stands near a seven foot tall bronze statue of himself following its dedication Wednesday, April 18, 2012 outside of Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. Gable won fifteen NCAA Championships and 21 Big Ten titles in 21 years as the Head Coach at Iowa. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)

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By Mark Carlson

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Olympic wrestling legend and Iowa City resident Dan Gable says he fears his grandson will not get the opportunity to become an Olympic champion if something isn’t done to reverse a decision to remove wrestling from the 2020 Olympic games.

“My daughter called me and it broke me up,” Gable said while standing at the front door of his house Tuesday morning. “She’s got a 9-year-old son who wants to be a champion and he might never get that opportunity.”

News of the International Olympic Committee’s decision took many by surprise Tuesday. The executive board of the IOC reviewing the 26 sports on the current Olympic program, before cutting wrestling. Eliminating one sport will allow the committee to add a new sport to the program later this year.

Gable, who won gold in 1972 while not surrendering a single point, said he’s prepared to push back against the decision.

“We’ve got to fight, we’ve put ourselves in this position,” he said.

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