#152 – Dan Gable: Olympic Wrestling, Mental Toughness & the Making of Champions

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Here’s the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players you should be able to click the timestamp to jump to that time.
(00:00) – Introduction
(09:31) – Russian wrestling
(11:09) – Coaching the science, art, and toughness of wrestling
(18:05) – The pain of defeat and the tattoo of a hawk clawing out the heart
(21:04) – Roger Bannister and the 4 minute mile
(24:09) – The dream of becoming an Olympic champion
(26:38) – The day in 1972 of the Olympic final
(30:10) – Sauna story
(31:39) – Match against the Russian
(37:13) – The role of fear in wrestling
(42:14) – The line between physical wrestling and anger
(46:53) – Tragic loss of Dan’s sister
(54:21) – The role of family in wrestling
(59:43) – Wrestling being voted out of the Olympics
(1:04:26) – To beat the best you must study the best
(1:09:39) – The role of luck (Old Man and the Sea)