Valdis, born in Tallinn in 1979, has been skating since he was four years of age. Valdis’s career began as a single skater. He achieved fourth place in the National Championships and in 1995 and after becoming a member of the Estonian National Team, began pair skating. From 1998 - 2002, Valdis and his partner were prize winners of the Junior World, European and World Championships and were Estonian National Championships for eight consecutive years. Following his retirement from competitive skating, Valdis began skating professionally, joining the Russian Ice Stars in 2002.