Image: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, pictured on Thursday, Feb. 10,  has said he doesn't regret using steroids during his years as a champion body builder.
updated 2/26/2005 10:34:18 AM ET 2005-02-26T15:34:18

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has acknowledged using steroids during his years as a champion body builder, said he doesn’t regret using the performance-enhancing drugs.

In an interview to be broadcast Sunday, Schwarzenegger told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “I have no regrets about it, because at that time, it was something new that came on the market, and we went to the doctor and did it under doctors’ supervision.”

Schwarzenegger has acknowledged taking steroids, but pointed out that they were legal at the time.

“We were experimenting with it. It was a new thing. So you can’t roll the clock back and say, ’Now I would change my mind on this,”’ he said, according to an excerpt posted on

The former seven-time Mr. Olympia said he would not encourage drug use because it sent the wrong message to children. But he said he had no problem with athletes taking nutritional supplements and other legal substances to improve their performance.

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