Though seen as a confident sports icon, skateboarder Tony Hawk, now 46,
wasn’t always as cocky. When he was really young and playing a little league
game, he struck out. He became so embarrassed that he went hiding until his
father found him. He turned his attention to skateboarding and by the time he
was 14, he became a professional receiving nicknames like “The Birdman” for his
aerial stunts. Hawk was the first skater to successfully land a 900 degree spin
out of a half pipe. Years later, he is known worldwide. Hawk has three
children. Riley has also become a professional skater.