05. February 2006  
Las Vegas / USA  
Artistic Gymnastics

David Durante defends US Wintercup Title

us-gymnastics: -- David Durante of Garwood, N.J., won his second straight 'Winter Cup Challenge all-around title, edging out Jonathan Horton of Houston by just two-tenths of a point.
Team Chevron’s Durante had a two-day all-around total of 177.700 for the annual event held at Las Vegas’ Sports Center Arena, which concluded on Saturday. Durante led the all-around going into the final day of competition, starting with an 89.550. His second day 88.150 was enough to hold on to the lead and clinch the title. Guillermo Alvarez of Blackfoot, Idaho, posted the highest all-around score for the second day of competition with an 89.350.
Durante also won the parallel bars title....
The top 42 gymnasts from the first event advance to the all-around finals on Saturday.
Based on the competition's results, the top six from the all-around finals automatically qualify for the 2006 senior national team.
Six more gymnasts will qualify based on a points system established by the Men's Program Committee. The Men's Program Committee will select the remaining two gymnasts.

Steve Penny, US Gymnastics President

USA Winter Cup 2006
Twelve members of the current Men's Senior National Team are among the country's 80 top male gymnasts who are competing in the 2006 Winter Cup Challenge, Feb. 2-4, in Las Vegas.
Based on performances at the Winter Cup, 14 will be named to the 2006 Men's Senior National Team.
This year's Winter Cup Challenge is the first U.S. men's event to use the new scoring system adopted by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) last year...
>> Men's Startlist, Winter Cup
Press Reactions in the USA...
... Rutland Herold wrote today:
The International Gymnastics Federation decided to overhaul its scoring system after several judging errors marred the Athens Olympics.
Not only was Paul Hamm's gold medal in limbo for two months because of a scoring error, but routines that were vastly different all had the same value on paper, making it difficult for judges to separate them....
>> Read more at the article of Rutland Herold (2006, Feb 02)