Joachim B. Olsen

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Joachim B. Olsen
Joachim Brøchner Olsen.jpg
Member of the Folketing
In office
15 September 2011 – 5 June 2019
Personal details
Joachim Brøchner Olsen

(1977-05-31) May 31, 1977 (age 42)
Aalborg, Denmark
Political partyLiberal Alliance
Karen Westergaard (m. 2013)
Sports career
Personal information
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
SportShot put
Coached byVesteinn Hafsteinsson
Simon Patrick Stewart

Joachim Brøchner Olsen (born 31 May 1977) is a Danish politician and former world class shot putter. He was elected to the Danish parliament at the 2011 election, representing the Liberal Alliance in the Greater Copenhagen constituency.

As an athlete, he represented Århus 1900.

With ten straight international finals, Joachim holds the longest string of appearances in finals at Olympic, World and European Championships among throwers.

From October 2003, Olsen was coached by former olympic finalist Vesteinn Hafsteinsson. From February 2007 until Joachim B. Olsen ended his career in July 2009, Olsen was coached by Simon Patrick Stewart.[1]

Athletic career[edit]

Olsen was born in Aalborg. In his teens Joachim primarily focused on the discus throw, but after switching shot put technique from the glide style to rotational style, he improved dramatically during his four years at University of Idaho, where he was coached by Tim Taylor.

Although he appeared at the World Junior Championships in Sydney 1996, where he threw the Discus, it was at the U23 European Championships in Gothenburg in 1999 he made his first international impact, winning a silver medal. At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Olsen did not qualify for the final. Nevertheless, he received worldwide attention after he wrote in a chat room that the winner of the final, Arsi Harju had failed a doping test. The rumour was false, and the incident caused the Danish National Olympic Committee to send Joachim B. Olsen home prior to the closing of the Games.

At the 2001 World Championships in Athletics, Olsen qualified for his first international final. Since then he has qualified for every final at Olympic, World and European Championships.

In 2002 Olsen won the silver medal at the European Championships outdoor as well as indoor. In 2003 a hand injury held him back, but a revised training plan removed the pain in his wrist. Thus Olsen was ready for a comeback in 2004, and at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships he won a Bronze medal - a placement he repeated at the Olympic Games in Athens. But because of a positive doping of the gold medalist Yuri Bilonog (Ukraine), which caused the cancellation of the medal, Olsen inherited the silver medal after the announcement of redistributing medals.[2]

On 6 November 2005 Olsen injured his right ankle during practise. Several ligaments were either torn or severely damaged. On 6 February 2006 he announced, that the injury had healed sufficiently for him to compete again at highest level. A month later, at the World Indoor Championships, he managed to win a bronze medal with a throw of 21.16 metres.

On 8 August 2008 at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, Olsen was the flagbearer for Denmark. He failed to reach the final.

In 2008 Joachim Olsen became well known in the Danish publicity by his participation in, and winning of, the fifth season of the Danish version of Dancing with the Stars.

On 22 July 2009, he announced his withdrawal from shot putting, saying that while he had a dream of competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics, his physical condition would not allow it.[3] He suffered a slipped disc in April 2009.

Political career[edit]

As part of his campaign for the 2019 general election, Olsen placed his ad on adult website Pornhub.[4] Olsen failed to gain the necessary to continue in the general election.[5]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Denmark
1996 World Junior Championships Sydney, Australia 23rd (q) Discus 46.26 m
1999 European U23 Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd Shot put 19.50 m
11th Discus 54.97 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 22nd (q) Shot put 19.13 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 17th (q) Shot put 19.41 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 11th Shot put 20.38 m
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 2nd Shot put 21.23 m
European Championships Munich, Germany 2nd Shot put 21.16 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 8th Shot put 20.12 m
World Championships Paris, France 9th (q) Shot put 20.14 m[6]
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd Shot put 20.99 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd Shot put 21.07 m
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 1st Shot put 21.19 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 5th Shot put 20.73 m
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 2nd Shot put 21.16 m
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd Shot put 21.09 m
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 3rd Shot put 20.55 m
World Championships Osaka, Japan 4th (q) Shot put 20.62 m[7]
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 22nd (q) Shot put 19.74 m


  1. ^ Tv2 Ostjylland News
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Danish shot put athlete Olsen to retire". 22 July 2009. Archived from the original on 9 September 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  4. ^ Dallison, Paul (13 May 2019). "Danish politician takes out campaign ad on porn site". Politico. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  5. ^ Josevski, Aleksandar (5 June 2019). "Joachim B. Olsen ryger ud af Folketinget". (in Danish). TV2. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  6. ^ Did not start in the final
  7. ^ No mark in the final

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