Skateboarder Tony Hawk has suffered with many injuries over his lengthy career, but has revealed that he recently broke his leg so badly that getting back to 100% capability may be an enormous challenge.
The 53-year-old icon shared on his Instagram on Tuesday that the previous day, he broke his leg. Sharing the x-ray photo and a video of himself in the hospital, the star shared that he broke his femur.
Hawk, seemingly optimistic, wrote:
‘I’ve said many times that I won’t stop skating until I am physically unable. A broken leg – with plenty of hardware – will probably be the biggest test of that creed.’
One of the most influential skateboarders of all time wrote: ‘this recovery for a broken femur will be much harder because of its severity (and my age)’
See his instagram post below:
“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. There is a strange irony that this happened on the eve of HBO releasing a trailer for “Until The Wheels Fall Off,” Sam Jones’ documentary about my life & career, which has a strong focus on the philosophy of how I/we do this at our age. The answer is complicated, but ultimately, it’s because I have found my sense of purpose and shaped my identity through skating, and it nourishes my mental health immensely. I’ve said many times that I won’t stop skating until I am physically unable. 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.” Thanks to my unyieldingly supportive, tolerant family – and all of you – for the love and support through the years; I wouldn’t be here without you. See you on the other side.”
This devastating injury came at a strange and coincidental time. On Tuesday, HBO released the trailer for Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off – a documentary film based on the life, career and legacy of the legend himself. The film will debut on April 5th on HBO, featuring interviews with Hawk himself as well as many others.
We wish the legend a speedy recovery 👏🏼