USA Weightlifting Athlete Spotlight

November 28, 2011

Check out our very own Danielle, featured in USA Weightlifting’s Athlete Spotlight.  Good luck to Danielle as she competes this week in Mobile, Alabama.

Name: Danielle Durante


Coach: Rob Earwicker

Hometown: El Dorado Hills, CA

Current Residence: Los Altos, CA

Birthdate: 10/1/1982

Weight class: 53kg

Height: 4’11”

What year did you begin lifting? 2003; serious training started in 2007

How did you get involved? While going to school at California State University, Sacramento I was introduced by Phil Alexander.

Favorite Competition Lift?  Snatch

Favorite Training Lift? Jerks from rack

Education: B.S. Kinesiology, Exercise Science

Personal Goals: make the Olympic Trials, be part of a World team.

Favorite Foods (I added the s): rigatoni and meatballs, deep dish pizza, and homemade Nachos.

Favorite Book: The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks, It’s Not About the Bike, My Journey Back to Life, by Lance Armstrong.

Favorite TV Show: 24, Greys Anatomy, Castle, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Restaurant: Impossible

Favorite song that gets you motivated: Poker Face, Lady Gaga

Hobbies/Interested outside of Weightlifting: Gymnastics, cheerleading, and hiking.

Most people don’t know that….


I’m on a mission to find the best:

-Cup of Coffee

-Chocolate Chip Cookie

-Plate of Nachos


I love fishing, especially with my family at Lake Shasta.  I love dancing and making room on the dance floor.  I enjoy going to Farmers Markets and making my own salsa. I have a sick, twisted sense of humor usually involving Adam Sandler and/or Ben Stiller.  I am a personal trainer at the gym I lift at.  I was born in Texas.  I love to sing on the top of my lungs.

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