David Durante

Birthdate: 6/26/1980
Program: Men's Artistic
Level: Senior
Current Residence: New York, NY
Club: JDR Gymnastics LLC
Head Coach: Vitaly Marinitch


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Career Highlights

Durante was an alternate on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team for men's gymnastics. He was a member of the 2007 World Championships Team that finished fourth, and he was the alternate on the 2006 Worlds Team. In 2004, Durante moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., to train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Durante is the middle of three children born to Robert and Juliana Durante, and he has dual USA-Italy citizenship. Durante's older brother, Marc, works for Merck Pharmaceuticals on its computer systems. His younger sister, Lauren, teaches high school Italian in New Jersey. He graduated from Stanford University with a major in human biology and a minor in psychology. Durante enjoys going to the beach, playing/watching soccer and watching movies.
Personal Information

Nickname: Dave
Hometown: Garwood, NJ

High School Graduation Year: 2002
Degree/Major: Human Biology
Year you began gymnastics: 1986
How did you get involved in gymnastics: I kept jumping on the furniture around the house, so my parents decided to put me in gymnastics.
Favorite thing about gymnastics: My favorite thing is competing in front of a lot of fans when I am prepared and confident in my routines.
What are your goals for gymnastics?: To win the team gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Names of parents/guardians: Father: Robert Mother: Juliana
Names of sibling(s): Brother: Marc Sister: Lauren

Interests Outside the Gym

Hobbies or favorite activities: Art, museums, good food and wine
Favorite music: Jack Johnson
Favorite book(s): Angels and Demons
Favorite TV show(s): Sopranos, Entourage, Heroes
Favorite Food: Japanese and Italian

National Competition Results

2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics, Philadelphia, Pa. - 3rd-PB; 4th-AA; 5th-SR, HB; 6th-PH; 7th-FX; 9th-VT
2008 Visa Championships, Houston, Texas - 2nd-HB; 3rd-PB; 4th-AA; 6th-SR
2008 U.S. Men's Qualifier, Colorado Springs, Colo. - 1st-SR; 2nd-HB; 3rd-PB
2008 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 4th-AA
2007 Visa Championships, San Jose, Calif. - 1st-AA, PB; 5th-PH, SR
2007 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 3rd-PH
2006 Visa Championships, St. Paul, Minn. - 3rd-HB; 6th-AA
2006 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 1st-AA, PB
2005 Visa Championships, Indianapolis, Ind. - 3rd-AA; 4th-SR
2005 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 1st-AA; 2nd-PB
2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Anaheim, Calif. -
2004 Visa Championships, Nashville, Tenn. - 2nd-PB(T)
2004 Winter Cup, Las Vegas, Nev. - 4th-AA
2003 National Championships, Milwaukee, Wis. -
2003 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 3rd-AA, PH
2002 U.S. Championships, Cleveland, Ohio - 3rd-PH
2002 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships, Norman, Okla. -
2001 National Championships, Philadelphia, Pa. -

International Competition Results

2007 Good Luck Beijing International Tournament, Beijing, China - 8th-Team
2007 World Championships, Stuttgart, Germany - 4th-Team; AA finalist
2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 3rd-Team; 5th-AA, SR
2007 USA vs. UKR vs. RUS, Kiev, Ukraine - 3rd-Team
2006 World Cup, Stuttgart, Germany - 7th-PH
2006 World Championships, Aarhus, Denmark - Team Alt.
2006 France/Switzerland/USA Meet, Paris, France - 1st-Team; 3rd-AA
2006 Pacific Alliance Championships, Honolulu, Hawaii - 3rd-PB(T); 4th-Team; 6th-HB; 7th-AA(T)
2006 Tyson American Cup, Philadelphia, Pa. - 3rd-AA
2005 Pan American Championships, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 1st-Team
2005 World Cup, Cottbus, Germany -
2004 Stella Zakharova Cup, Kiev, Ukraine - 1st-Team; 4th-AA
2004 Jurassic Classic, Calgary, Alberta, Canada - 2nd-Team; 3rd-SR, PB
2003 Pan American Games, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - 2nd-AA; 3rd-Team; 5th-PB; 8th-FX, PH
2003 Jurassic Classic, Calgary, Alberta, Canada - 1st-Team