Maris Strombergs Calls it a Career! You read that right… After a lengthy and fruitful couple of decades, “The Machine” is officially hanging up his #81. The rumors have been floating for some time now, but many were still hoping we would see the Latvian rockstar make a run at the 2020 Tokyo games. Those rumors are now diminished as Maris has announced his retirement after releasing a podcast with Dale Holmes and Jason Richardson.

Maris is arguably the greatest of all time when it comes down to it. GOAT has gone hand in hand with his name ever since securing a second Olympic gold medal. There is not a major title that the champ has yet to win. I was lucky enough to be there for a major moment in his career, the 2014 USA BMX #1 Pro title. It was a miraculous performance. Truly it was a phenomenal season overall for the Latvian.





Strombergs took home his first major title at the age of 9 at the 1996 BMX World Championships. Five years later he followed that up with his very first European title. Over the next 17 years, Maris claimed four more European titles. Copious amounts of accolades continued to pile on as the machine became one of the biggest stars in BMX racing around the globe.

Career Titles & Achievements 

1996 – World BMX Championship Title – 9 years old

2001 – European Championship – 14 years old

2004 – European Championship Third Place – Junior Men

2005 – 8 time Latvian National Champion

2005 – UCI Junior World Championship – 8th place

2005 – European BMX Junior Champion

2007 – Elite European Championship – 2nd place

2008 – Latvian Summer Olympic Games – 1st place

2008 – Elite European Championship – 1st place

2008 – UCI BMX World Championship – 1st place

2008 – Olympic Games Beijing – 1st place – GOLD

2009 – UCI World Cup Chula Vista – 1st place

2009 – UCI BMX World Championship – 4th place

2009 – ABA BMX National #3 Overall

2009 – NBL National #1 Title Holder

2009 – NORA Cup – Racer of the Year

2010 – UCI BMX World Cup – series champion

2010 – NBL National #1 Title Holder

2010 – NORA Cup – Race of the Year

2010 – UCI BMX World Championship – 1st place

2010 – Golden Crank – ABA Pro of the Year

2011 – UCI BMX World Championship – 2nd place

2012 – UCI World Cup Papendal – 1st place

2012 – Latvian Olympics – 1st place – GOLD

2012 – Olympic Games London – 1st place – GOLD

2013 – Elite European Championships – 1st place

2014 – Elite European Championships – 1st place

2014 – UCI BMX World Cup Argentina – 1st place

2014 – UCI BMX World Cup Berlin – 1st place

2014 – USA BMX Elite Men National Title – series champion

2015 – UCI BMX World Cup Rock Hill – 1st place

2015 – Elite European Championships – 4th place

2016 – UCI BMX World Cup Papendal – 1st place


Closing this life chapter…


Towards the final years of his time competing, it was clear that the champ was slowing down. No, not his speed, just the overall involvement in major competition. Just a short time ago, Maris and his now wife Natasha tied the knot. It was not long until they welcomed their newest edition, a little boy, into the world. Family, and the occasional 3-5 times a week golf outing has become the focus for this legend. You can check out the podcast at the link below to learn more on where Maris is today. However, for his BMX career, the chapter is now closed. Thank you for the countless memories Maris. You will go down in the history books as one of the best there ever was, if not THE best. Now, let’s get in a round of golf soon!


“The risk vs the reward doesn’t make much sense. That is really what it came down to.”

– Maris Strombergs