|Minister of Defence|
Assumed office |
7 July 2015
|Prime Minister||Laimdota Straujuma|
|Preceded by||Raimonds Vējonis|
25 July 1966|
Pļaviņas, Soviet Union
|Political party||Green Party|
|World's Strongest Man|
|7th||1996 World's Strongest Man|
|5th||1997 World's Strongest Man|
|18th||2001 World's Strongest Man|
|3rd||2002 World's Strongest Man|
|5th||2003 World's Strongest Man|
|4th||2004 World's Strongest Man|
|World Strongman Challenge|
|Arnold Strongman Classic|
|IFSA Strongman World Championships|
|IFSA European Championships|
|World Muscle Power Championships|
|European Weightlifting Championships|
|1997 Rijeka||+108 kg|
Bergmanis reached the finals in the World's Strongest Man contest several times, finishing 3rd in 2002, and 4th in 2003 and 2004. He also competed in the 2001 contest, but was eliminated in the qualifying heats. He won the World Muscle Power Championships in 1997 and has also competed in the Arnold's Strongest Man Contest; his best result was a third place in the 2003 competition.
Bergmanis was part of the Latvian Olympic Weightlifting team, and has set 21 Latvian records. He is a three-time Olympian (1992, 1996 and 2000). In 1992 he carried the Latvian flag at the opening ceremony, the first person to do so since 1936 when independent Latvia last participated at a Summer Olympics.
After the end of his career, Bergmanis worked in Latvian television and presented a number of programs including "Happy Family" and "The Royal jokes tournament" and was commentator for the Latvian Strongman Championships. He was elected as a president of the Latvian Olympic club, and had previously been a board member and vice president. In March 2013, he was elected one of the vice presidents of the Latvian Olympic Committee.
Bergmanis is a member of the Latvian Green Party, part of the Union of Greens and Farmers political alliance. He was elected to the Latvian parliament in 2014. He became minister of defense in 2015 after his predecessor Raimonds Vējonis was elected President of Latvia.
- "Raimondu Bergmani apstiprina aizsardzības ministra amatā" (in Latvian). Delfi. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
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