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Thursday, May 10, 2012
Daredevil Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls
The famed aerialist and seventh
generation circus performer, Nik Wallenda, tightrope walks across the most
famous waterfalls in the world, Niagara Falls on June 15. Wallenda will make the five
hundred and fifty metre crossing above the world renowned Horseshoe Falls
between Ontario, Canada
and New York State, USA.
Wallenda obtained approval from both US and Canadian
officials to attempt his feat which is expected to attract over a hundred and
twenty thousand tourists to The Niagara Park in Canada
and the Niagara Falls State Park in New
York. The event will take place at 9pm with an
international television broadcast live to millions of global viewers.
In announcing the walk, Wallenda stated, "This has been
a dream of mine ever since I saw Niagara
Falls for the first time when I was six years
old. I fully expect this to be only the beginning of my life long
relationship with Niagara Falls."
The tightrope walk is expected to take between thirty and
forty minutes above the falls where 3.24 billion gallons of water pass the
crest each day at thirty two kilometres an hour dropping down to the river
fifty three metres below.
Nik Wallenda is no stranger to dare devil stunts. He set a
Guinness World Record in 2008 for the longest distance and greatest height ever
traveled by bicycle on a high wire after walking one hundred and fifty metres
out on a high wire twenty stories above street level without a safety net and
then cycled back for the record.