Tony Hawk Suffers Horrific Injury And May Never Be The Same Again
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Pro-skating legend Tony Hawk is worried about his future after revealing he snapped his leg.
He shared photos of the extreme injury to social media and it looks like one hell of a nasty fall.
The 53-year-old opened up about the broken leg in a lengthy Instagram post and insists he 'won’t stop skating' until he is physically unable.
"Yesterday sucked," Hawk said.
"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."
Hawk noted the irony of the injury occurring the night before HBO dropped the trailer for documentary Until The Wheels Fall Off.
The doco will take a look inside Hawk's life and career, and has a strong focus on his philosophy and how he still continues to skate at his age.
Despite this, the skating legend is determined to get back on his board in some form in the future.
"I’ve said many times that I won’t stop skating until I am physically unable," he said. "A broken leg - with plenty of hardware - will probably be the biggest test of that creed.
"I’ll be back… maybe not at full capacity but I resigned to that notion years ago as I approached 'mid-life'."
The 53-year-old, considered the a pioneer of modern vertical skateboarding, took the skating scene by storm in the '90s with his gravity-defying tricks and flips.
He won 10 Summer X Games gold medals during his incredible career and became the first-ever person to successfully complete a documented 900.
For those that might not be familiar with the epic stunt, a 900 is a two-and-a-half revolution - so, 900 degrees - aerial spin performed on a skateboard ramp.
So, in other words, the skateboarder makes two-and-a-half turns about their longitudinal axis, facing down when they are coming down.
It widely considered to be one of skateboarding's most technically demanding tricks.
Since then, he has used his mad skills to forge an empire - releasing a string of iconic skateboarding video games, his own skateboard company, and The Tony Hawk Foundation (now named The Skatepark Project), which helps to build skateparks in underprivileged areas around the world.
Here's hoping Hawk recovers quickly and he's back on the board that made him a household name around the world.