The historic field hockey goalkeeper Juan Manuel Vivaldi announced his retirement from Los Leones, days after having closed his participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“Today all that road comes to an end and I cannot believe how quickly it happened. It will be that when one is fully involved and commits himself with body and soul in what time flies by,” announced the Olympic champion.
The goalkeeper debuted on August 18, 2003 against Germany and since then he has played 294 games with the Argentine jersey, was present in four Olympic Games (Athens 2004, London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020), achieving the most important achievement for hockey. male: the gold medal in Brazil.
After captain Pedro Ibarra announced his retirement, so did another pillar of the team like Juan Manuel Gato López. Later, the archer made his post.
“If as a boy they told me everything that I was going to experience with sport, I would not have believed it. That I was going to represent my country in the most important tournaments around the world and that we were going to embrace maximum glory in an Olympic Game (utopian / impossible) I would not have believed it. That I was going to play so many games, so many tournaments, win so many things (lose many more), I would not have believed it “, he started to write after heading his post with the phrase of Los Redonditos de Ricota : Living alone costs life.
Vivaldi assured that he is leaving “calm and happy to have given everything to the end” and also stressed that “the life of the amateur athlete in the country is very difficult (there are many stories that are unknown behind each one) and High Performance is an activity that leaves physical and mental consequences, but that without a doubt I would choose again “.
Next, the complete post of the archer: