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Tom Forster: New High-Performance Director For USA Gymnastics
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Tom Forster was born in Kansas and grew up in Colorado. He graduated from Penn State with a bachelor of science in physical education and 
health. He and wife Lori Bresciani Forster own Colorado Aerials in Colorado Springs, where they coached Doni Thompson, Kristy Powell, Theresa Kulikowski and many other gymnasts.

Forster replaced Valeri Liukin, who resigned in early 2018.

You were quoted as saying, "I believe in coaching through inspiration, not intimidation." Do you think Bela and Marta Karolyi were intimidating?

TF: In the interview process for this job I was asked a list of questions by athletes and coaches. That quote was in response to some of the questions by athletes. I was not comparing myself to anyone, only answering the question of what I believe is my style of coaching.

How will you choose world and Olympic teams? Competitive results or will a committee still select teams?

TF: The selection of teams will be a combination of both. The hope is that every team is selected on the field of play, but in fairness to every athlete we need the flexibility to select an athlete in an extenuating circumstance.

For example, if one of the top two athletes from the U.S. Championships wakes up with 104 fever the morning of the selection camp—we’re probably making an exception for her in the best interest of the team and fairness to her. Balancing the athletes’ experience with the duty of putting the best team on the field of play will always be my goal.

Will there be trainers at future camps and, if so, which gender?

TF: We have a list of vetted female trainers available for the athletes at every training camp that we can use. It may not be the same trainer each time. We do not use male medical personnel for women’s gymnastics any longer.

Read the complete interview in the September issue of International Gymnast.

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