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Didzis Voldins '90

Class of 2015
Football, Wrestling, Crew

 

Didzis Voldins was a stellar three sport athlete at Nobles in football, wrestling and crew. During his senior year, Didzis captained all three teams and won the Nobles Shield. In football, he played four years as an offensive and defensive tackle and was All-ISL during his junior and senior seasons. In the fall of 1989, the team faced a challenging schedule and persevered with a 6-2 record including a last minute win against rival Roxbury Latin.  

Didzis truly excelled in the winter and spring. In the winter of 1990, Didzis captured both the New England Prep and Graves-Kelsey titles in the prestigious heavyweight division. That same year, he was voted ISL Globe-All Scholastic following his Graves-Kelsey title and he was also honored with the Wilbur Storer Outstanding Wrestler Award during his senior campaign. Coach Steve Toubman remembers, “He is probably the most coachable athlete that I've ever worked with. His ability to make adjustments out on the mat was remarkable.” Over his last two years, Didzis lost only one match and he was undefeated during the entirety of his senior season.

He is also among the best rowers the school has ever seen. In 1989, he competed in the (junior) World Rowing Championships in Hungary and again in 1990 in France. Didzis went on to row for Harvard all four years of college, and was a member of the First Varsity Heavyweight Crew at Harvard from 1992-1994. Harvard won the National Collegiate Rowing Championship in 1992 and as a member of the New York Athletic Club, Didzis advanced to the semi-finals in the coxed four at Henley Royal Regatta in England that same year. In 1994, he served as the Harvard Heavyweight Rowing Team Captain and competed in the (senior) World Rowing Championships. After Harvard, Didzis was invited to the US National Team Training Center for rowing from 1994-1995 to prepare for the 1995 World Championships and 1996 Olympic Games. He attended the US Olympic Festival in St. Louis in 1994 as a member of the U.S. Pre-Elite Rowing Team and won several medals before leaving the facility in 1995 due to injury.

While Didzis’ rowing career is filled with impressive accomplishments, his proudest among them is the period of four undefeated years in the Harvard/Yale Regatta. Also known as “The Race,” this annual battle is the oldest intercollegiate athletic event (beginning in 1852), and is  significantly longer than a standard 2000-meter intercollegiate crew race.  Perhaps this, above all, is why Didzis is also a member of the Harvard Athletics Hall of Fame.

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