Tony Hawk is arguably the greatest skater to have ever picked up a board, but his career may have reached its end after a nasty leg break.
The American has transcended the world of extreme sports to become a pop-cultural icon. For years he captivated the public with his spellbinding tricks and skills. The ten-time X Games Gold Medalist well and truly put skateboarding on the map.
He inspired the popular video game series ‘Tony Hawk Pro Skater’ with the most recent edition selling over one million copies in just two weeks.
After becoming the first sportsman to land the infamous ‘900‘, he retired from professional competition in 1999. Ten years later, his remarkable legacy received immortality, as the sportsman rightfully earned his place in the Hall of Fame.
However, after a shocking turn of events, the skating community is rallying around the American in the hope that he can recover from a horrific incident.
Tony Hawk suffers horrible leg break
On March 8, the beloved athlete revealed that he’d sustained a broken leg while riding, although the details are unclear. He released an Instagram post to ensure fans that he strives to get back to the sport he loves despite the extent of the damage.
Hawk said: “Yesterday sucked. I broke my elbow 20 years ago and managed to make a full comeback; this recovery for a broken femur will be much harder because of its severity (and my age). But I’m up for the challenge.”
The 53-year-old who vows to continue skating until his body won’t allow him to anymore is in a tough position. An injury like this would likely end the career of a prime athlete, never mind someone of his age. But Hawk has an incredibly admirable sense of belief, which could see him rise from the ashes once again.
One day after announcing the incident, he posted a video of himself putting weight on the leg. This feat is astonishing when one considers how badly Hawk broke his bone. The x-ray result conjured ideas of pain that made fans shudder.
Does Tony Hawk still skate?
Unbelievably, the all-time great is still skating well into his 50s. He most recently competed in the Vert Best Trick event at the X Games. Although he’s far past his prime, he still incredibly found a way to claim fourth place.
Hawk still adores the sport with all his heart, and in an upcoming HBO documentary, he will reveal the reason why he’s carried on for so long.
The skater has a long road ahead of him, but it’s not the first time he’s faced adversity, so hopefully, he can find a way to get back to doing what he does best.
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