DOB: March 10, 1987
Career Highlights: Strombergs became the first Olympic gold medalist in BMX cycling history when the sport made its debut at the Beijing Games
four years ago. The Latvian won the inaugural race in 36 seconds, beating the American pair of Mike Day and Donny Robinson.
Since then, Strombergs has enjoyed success as a member of the National Bicycle League. In 2010, he was the grand national
champion of the Elite Men's division of the NBL, and, that same year, won a UCI world championship. He earned silver at the
worlds one year later, after being named ABA pro of the year in 2009 and '10. Most recently, he earned his first World Cup
victory in two seasons on May 14. Nicknamed “The Machine,” Strombergs began racing BMX bikes at age 6 when his father introduced
him to the sport. Just three years later, he won his first world championship. Now living and training in California, he came
in second in voting for Latvia’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2011.
Olympic History: 2008