Last updated on: 9/17/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Andreas Thorkildsen Biography

Title:
Professional javelin thrower
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“It’s [drug testing] the price you have to pay to be a professional athlete. If you want to have a clean sport you have got to sacrifice something. And I don’t think that’s a very big sacrifice compared to other jobs.

Sport is not a job like being a journalist or a construction worker. It is not the same in that sense. I think doping is cheating people out of their livelihood. If I go into a competition and somebody uses doping to beat me, they get my prize money. I’d like everyone to be clean. But as long as it is possible to cheat, someone will cheat.”

“Athlete Testimonies on Whereabouts System,” WADA website, Mar. 17, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professional javelin thrower
  • Javelin Champion, IAAF World Championships in Athletics, 2009
  • Winner, Olympic Gold Medal, Summer Olympic Games, Beijing, 2008
  • Recipient, European Athlete of the Year, 2008
  • Recipient, Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year, Norwegian Association of Sports Journalists, 2004-2008
  • Winner, Olympic Gold Medal, Summer Olympic Games, Athens, 2004
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • Born Apr. 1, 1982 in Kristiansand, Norway
  • Holds the world javelin record for 2009 at 91.28 meters (as of Sep. 17, 2009)
  • Holds the world junior record of 83.87 meters, set in 2001
Quoted in:
  1. Is the 2009 WADA "Whereabouts" Rule (Requiring Professional Athletes to Report Three Months in Advance Where They Will Be for One Hour Every Day) an Unfair Invasion of Athletes' Privacy?