Birthplace: Norwalk, Conn.
Hometown: Norwalk, Conn.
Residence: Princeton, N.J.
High School: Brien McMahon High School
Undergraduate Education: Northeastern University, Sports Medicine, 2002
Occupation: Sales Associate
Employer: Home Depot
Began Rowing: 1991 - Norwalk River Rowing Club
Club Affiliations: USRowing Training Center/Gentle Giant Rowing Club
Training Location: Princeton, N.J.
Current Coach: Mike Teti
Years on National Team: Eight - 1997, Junior; 2001-07, Senior
Event (s): Sweep
Facts of Interest:
Dan enjoys surfing and snowboarding during his down time from rowing. In addition to rowing, he wrestled in high school. As a wrestler, Dan was an undefeated county champion for two years and a state finalist. He injured his shoulder in the state championship in 1997 and turned his focus towards rowing. Dan enjoys music, particularly hip hop and rock. Right now, he is really into the blues and has begun playing the bass guitar. When he was younger, Dan played the double bass in a classical orchestra for 10 years. He started playing the instrument in third grade and lists Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" as his favorite classical piece to play because "it's amazing to play as a bassist." Dan's favorite group is the Beastie Boys and his favorite concert was the 1994 Lallapalooza show that included George Clinton, A Tribe Called Quest and the Beastie Boys. He lists his favorite movie as "The Goonies," his favorite television shows as "Entourage" and "Deadwood," and his favorite books as Dune by Frank Herbert and The Vision by Tom Brown, Jr. Dan lists his favorite actor as Jesse Bradford, a high school friend who has appeared in such movies as "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Bring it On". Following the 2008 Olympic Games, Dan wants to sell his car, buy a motorcycle and head West on his own kind of "walkabout." Dan is employed by The Home Depot through the Olympic Job Opportunities Program. Dan's parents and family have been his biggest support and inspiration during his rowing career.
2008, Olympic Games, Men's Eight, 3rd
2007, FISA World Championships, Men's Eight, 4th
2006, FISA World Championships, Men's Eight, 3rd
2005, FISA World Championships, Men's Quadruple Sculls, 9th
2004, Olympic Games, Men's Spare
2007, U.S. National Championships, Men's Eight, 1st
2007, U.S. National Championships, Men's Four, 1st
2006, Head Of The Charles, Open Eight, 1st
2005, Milwaukee River Challenge, Open Eight, 1st