One of the all-time greatest strongmen and power lifters, he won back-to-back World's Strongest Man competitions in 2009 and 2010.
He won the Arnold Strongman Classic six consecutive years, from 2003 to 2008.
Before breaking through and winning a World's Strongest Man competition, he placed second behind Mariusz Pudzianowski in consecutive years, 2002 and 2003.
He first became interested in lifting when he watched a competition on TV in 1989; three years later, he won the same competition that inspired him to begin training.
On July 24, 2010, he married Jurgita Savickiene.