Sunday, June 10, 2012

15 June-Nik Wallenda-Tightrope Walk-Niagara Falls

This coming Friday evening, 15 June, CTV & ABC are covering Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk over Niagara Falls. 

ABC has planned a 3 hour prime-time special that will include covering some of the greatest stunts of all time.  Articles on the Internet say that ABC has insisted that he wear a tether.

This will be the first time anyone has attempted to walk on a tightrope over the actual waterfall since 1859 the acrobat Charles Blondin crossed the gorge on a tightrope, but his stunt was downstream from the actual waterfall. We look forward to announcing a date as soon as one is made available!

Nikolas Wallenda, known as Nik Wallenda born January 24, 1979 is an American high wire artist, acrobat, and Guinness Book of Records holder. A direct descendant of Karl Wallenda (The Flying Wallendas), Nik is known for performing death-defying stunts on highwire without a safety net.

Nik Wallenda, born in Sarasota, Florida, began performing with his family at an early age. As the seventh generation of the Wallenda Family, he first began walking the wire at age 4 and had his first professional wire performance at 13. In 1998, while 19 years old, he participated in the re-creation of Karl Wallenda’s seven-person pyramid on the highwire in Detroit, Michigan by his father Terry and mother Delilah and decided to make a career of it.

Nik Wallenda: The age of derring-do is far from over
Ian Brown
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jun. 08 2012, 9:40 PM EDT
Last updated Friday, Jun. 08 2012, 9:40 PM EDT
The following website has lots of interesting videos of the family performing on highwire.
Here is the Wallenda family official website:
Here is Nik Wallenda's own website:
Twitter for Nik Wallenda!/nikwallenda

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