Dan Gable to headline annual chamber banquet

Posted November 21, 2012 at 9:27 am

By Kim Brooks, Express Editor

The Monticello Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) is once again preparing for its annual banquet and silent auction, to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30. This year’s banquet will be held in the new Jones County Youth Development Center, located on the fairgrounds. Social hour and the silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30, with the program and speaker to start at 7:30.

As with all chamber banquets, awards will be given out for Community Pride and Lifetime Chamber Member.

This year’s speaker is sure to be a hit: the legendary Dan Gable!

Gable is known for his record-winning career at the University of Iowa and his win during the 1972 Olympic Games in Germany.

In the Olympics, Gable won a gold medal that summer without losing a single point to any of his opponents. According to Gable’s biography on www.dangable.com, “The Soviets came to the Olympics with only one goal in mind: to defeat Gable. They were unsuccessful.”

After returning from the ’72 Summer Games, Gable was hired to coach at U of I. He started out assisting head wrestling coach and Hall of Famer Gary Kurdelmeier. Gable took over the position in 1976.

He is known as U of I’s all-time winningest wrestling coach. His career spans from 1977 to 1997. He managed an impressive career record of 355-21-5, all at U of I. He coached 152 All-American athletes, 45 National Champions, 106 Big Ten Champions and 12 Olympians (four gold medallists, one silver and two bronze).

The Iowa Hawkeye wrestling team won 25 consecutive Big Ten championship, 21 of which were under Gable’s leadership.

Himself a wrestler in college, Gable also had quite an impressive career record of 182-1. He was a three-time All-American and three-time Big Eight champion.

Gable’s Olympic career also includes his time as a wrestling coach in 1980, 1984 and 2000. His 1984 U.S. wrestling team included four Hawkeyes, and won seven gold medals.

In 1980, Dan Gable was inducted into the U.S.A. Wrestling Hall of Fame. In 1985, he was named to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. His other accolades include one of the top coaches in the 20th century by ESPN and named Iowa’s top sports figure in the last 100 years. In 1996, he was named one of the 100 Golden Olympians, which is an honor only given to the top 100 U.S. Olympians of all time.

Last year, Dan Gable stepped away from the University of Iowa as assistant to the director of athletics in charge of performance enhancement. He continues to promote wrestling through speaking engagements around the country.

MACC is pleased to bring Dan Gable to Monticello for the annual banquet. His speaking style is dynamic and entertaining. He relates his life experiences and gives his own formula for success, asking his listeners to apply it to their everyday lives.

The chamber is selling tickets now for Gable’s speaking engagement. The event is open to anyone. Adult tickets are $25. Student (18 and under) tickets are $15.

This year, the annual meeting will not be held during the banquet, instead at the all-chamber member meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17, at noon.

Call the chamber at 465-5626 to purchase tickets. They will also be sold at Citizens State Bank and Ohnward Bank & Trust.