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Tony Hawk has broken his leg but isn't retiring

The 53-year-old skateboarder admitted it will be a "challenge" to recover from the injury.

Tony Hawk has broken his leg.

The 53-year-old skateboarder admitted it will be a "challenge" to recover from the injury because there's a long road ahead which could "test" his desire to keep following his passion.

Sharing a photo of his X-ray and one of himself in hospital, along with a video of him on crutches, he wrote on Instagram: "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.(sic)"

But Tony has vowed he will "be back", though he knows he may not be as fit as before.

He added: "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."

Tony retired from professional skateboarding in 2003 but is still passionate about the pursuit and regularly shares videos of his skills and tricks on his Instagram account.

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