Leif Jenssen

Leif Gøran Jenssen (born 19 March 1948) is a former Norwegian weightlifter. He became Olympic Champion in 1972 in the light-heavyweight class.[1][2] He obtained silver medal three times in the World Championships, in 1970s, 1971 and 1974.[3][4] Jenssen was elected Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year 1971.

Leif Jenssen
Personal information
Full nameLeif Gøran Jenssen
NationalityNorwegian
Born (1948-03-19) 19 March 1948 (age 74)
Fredrikstad
Sport
SportWeightlifting
Medal record

Until January 1973 use of anabolic steroids was not prohibited. Jenssen has been open about his use of steroids until the ban, including during the 1972 Olympics. He started using methandrostenolone prescribed by his general practitioner in 1970. He stated that he has no bad conscience about the use, as he estimates that 49 of 50 of the world's best weightlifters used steroids at the time. He regards it as impossible to have won the Olympic medal without use of the performance-enhancing drugs, but has stated that he believes that if no-one had used them, including himself, he would still have won.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Profile: "Leif Jenssen" Archived 2007-08-25 at the Wayback Machine - databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on December 26, 2007)
  2. ^ "Olympic Games Medallists - Weightlifting" - (Retrieved on December 26, 2007)
  3. ^ "World Championships Men: -75 kg". Sports123.com. Archived from the original on 21 April 2008.
  4. ^ "World Championships Men: -82.5 kg". Sports123.com. Archived from the original on 21 April 2008.
  5. ^ Lote, Arne; Fange, Per Øyvind. "– Hadde aldri tatt OL-gull uten steroider" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012.

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Preceded by Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year
1971
Succeeded by