Donny is a five time US National Champion and world team member in the sport of weightlifting. He is the only weightlifter in the United States to defeat in competition a defending world champion in over 30 years. At the 2007 annual Arnold classic, Donny was named his country's most inspirational weightlifter. He is the only American weightlifter to have trained both as a resident athlete at the United States regional Olympic training complex and under the tutelage of the world's greatest weightlifting teacher, Ivan Abadjiev. With more than 20 years of experience in the sport of weightlifting, Donny has traveled the world as an athlete, consultant and coach. Donny is a veteran of the Iraq war and currently lives in San Jose, CA.