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Skateboarder Tony Hawk This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Jeff H., Wexford, PA; Jiadai L., Stony Brook, NY and David G., New City, NY

     As a child, Tony Hawk was a self-described
nightmare. He was nine years old when his brother changed his life by giving him
his first skateboard.

At age 14 he turned pro, and by age 16 Tony Hawk was
the best skateboarder in the world. In the ensuing 17 years, Hawk has entered an
estimated 103 pro contests. He won 73 of them, and placed second in 19 - the best
record in skateboarding history. He retired from competition at age 31, but still
skates almost every day.

(text adapted from biography on

[Jeff] There are stereotypes about skateboarders,
like you have to be a punk and act a certain way. What are your feelings?

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