Latvian athlete who competed in the sport of race walking and won a silver Olympic medal and a gold at the European Championships.
He grew up in Valmiera, Latvia.
He was the first Latvian to win a silver medal at the Olympic Games, which came from the 50 km race walk at the 1932 Summer Olympics.
He and his wife Ella had three children.
He and Gabriel Gardner were both Olympians who medalled in their respective events.