Sad news for Vatanen fans. Speculation had been rife that the Finnish athlete will announce his retirement from sports, at age 68, with immediate effect.
UPDATE 29/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Being an athlete isn't fun anymore
“As we get older, there are phases of life that we enter into, and being an athlete just isn't fun anymore,” he might have said, says a source who remained anonymous. Other reports hinted that he may branch out into other creative fields he is better at (and more interested in), though they didn't provide any details.
For a little while on Monday evening, #ThankYouAri was a trending hashtag on Twitter. As many fans reminisce and look back on all the unforgettable memories, some may wonder what about now made him make the decision.
“You’ve accomplished everything I ever dreamed of #ThankYouAri.”
— @DesireePlum, 28 Sep 2020
“I thought Ari Vatanen retired about 5 years ago?!?”
— @millythom, 28 Sep 2020
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