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Athlete Profiles / Karsten Forsterling

Karsten Forsterling
Date of Birth 21/01/1980
Coach Ian Wright, Mark Prater and Andrew Randell
Nickname Karst
Height 191cm
Weight 92kgs
Hometown Melbourne, Australia
Club Melbourne University BC
Previous Rowing Clubs/School Melbourne Grammar
Karsten Forsterling first made a national team for Australia in 1998, when he was selected in the Junior Men's Four that raced in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria. The Victorian's first medal came in 2000, when he won silver in Australia's U23 Men's Eight, while his Senior Australian Rowing Team debut came a year later at World Rowing Cup IV in Munich where he won another silver medal in the Men's Eight. His first Senior World Rowing Championships came in 2002, in the Men's Eight, Forsterling represented Australia at multiple World Championships, and just missed out on selection for Australia's Men's Eight that competed at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. In 2008, Forsterling travelled to Beijing as the Men's Pair reserve for Drew Ginn, but was not required, with Forsterling's Olympic debut coming four years later after he made the decision to switch from sweep rowing to sculling. In 2010, Forsterling combined with David Crawshay, James McRae and Dan Noonan to win a bronze medal in the Men's Quadruple Scull at the World Rowing Championships held on Lake Karapiro, New Zealand. In 2011, the crew returned, with Crawshay replaced with Chris Morgan, and won gold in Bled, Slovenia at the World Rowing Championships, coming from behind, the crew took first place in the final quarter of the race. In 2012, Forsterling made his Olympic debut. He lined up with his 2011 World Championship-winning teammates Chris Morgan, James McRae and Daniel Noonan at Eton Dorney. The team finished second in the semi-finals to book a spot in the medal race. Sitting in fourth at the midway point of the final, the Aussie crew finished strong to claim the bronze medal with Germany winning gold and Croatia taking home the silver. Forsterling took some time out post-London, and returned in 2015 in the Men's Quadruple Scull that won silver at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France. He joined David Crawshay, David Watts and Cameron Girdlestone to win the medal and in turn qualify Australia for the 2016 Olympic Games. The Olympian was then selected for his second Olympic Games in 2016. Competing in Rio, Forsterling combined with Girdlestone, James McRae and Sasha Belonogoff to win a silver medal for Australia. After once again taking time-out post-Olympic Games, the father of three, who trains out of Melbourne University BC under the guidance of former team-mate Matt Ryan, Forsterling has made a return to the top flight. A qualified Civil Engineer, 2019 saw Forsterling named as the Men's Sculling reserve for the World Rowing Cups and World Rowing Championships.  
Career Achievements
Class Year Race Position
M4x 2016 Rio Olympic Games Second Place
M4x 2016 World Rowing Cup 3 First Place
M4x 2016 World Rowing Cup 2 First Place
M4x 2015 World Rowing Championships Second Place
M4x 2012 London Olympic Games Third Place
M4x 2011 World Rowing Championships First Place
M4x 2011 World Rowing Cup 3 Third Place
M4x 2010 World Rowing Championships Third Place
M8+ 2008 World Rowing Cup 1 First Place
M8+ 2006 World Rowing Cup 2 First Place
M8+ 2006 World Rowing Cup 1 Third Place
M8+ 2002 World Rowing CUp 3 Second Place
BM8+ 2000 Nations Cup Second Place