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Skateboarder Tony Hawk Suffers Devastating Injury

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Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk suffered a devastating leg injury on Monday (March 7).

In an Instagram post yesterday, the 53-year-old said he had sustained a broken femur while skating.

“Yesterday sucked. I broke my elbow 20 years ago and managed to make a full comeback.” He continued, “This recovery for a broken femur will be much harder because of its severity (and my age). But I’m up for the challenge.”

Hawk admitted he felt a “strange sense of irony” that his injury coincided with the release of a new trailer for Until The Wheels Fall Off – a HBO documentary covering Hawk’s life, career and love for skating.

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Explaining that skating provided him with a “sense of purpose” and “nourishes my mental health immensely”, Hawk reiterated: “I’ve said many times that I won’t stop skating until I’m physically unable.”

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“A broken leg – with plenty of hardware – will probably be the biggest test of that creed,” he admitted. “I’ll be back… maybe not at full capacity but I resigned to that notion years ago as I approached “mid-life.” Thanks to my unyieldingly supportive, tolerant family – and all of you – for the love and support through the years.”

Hawk is arguably the biggest name in skateboarding, credited with pulling the sport into the mainstream. Securing a total of 16 X Games medals, 10 of which were gold, Hawk became the first person ever recorded to complete the notorious 900 skateboarding trick in 1999.

Hawk also boasts an entire video game series named in his honour.

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