RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- U.S. Olympic gold medalist and
longtime CIA agent Hans Jorgens Jensen has died in a Riverside
County hospital. He was 79.
Jensen learned to row at the University of California, Berkeley
in the 1940s. He raced in the eight-man shell composed of Cal
rowers that won gold in England during the 1948 Olympic Games.
His Olympic jacket still hangs in the Cal boathouse as a source
of inspiration to the hundreds of young rowers who train with UC
Berkeley's medal-winning teams.
Jensen trained as an aviator at Pensacola Naval Air Station in
Florida during World War II and returned to Berkeley after the war
to graduate in 1949.
His Scandinavian heritage helped him land a job with the Central
Intelligence Agency. He worked for the CIA for 30 years, but told
people he was a foreign service officer or political attache.
Jensen retired in 1976 and kept a home in Incline Village at
Lake Tahoe. He also had a home in Carmel.
Jensen -- who died last Monday -- is survived by his second
wife, a daughter and two sons.