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|June 17, 2012|
Niagara Falls daredevil `on cloud nine` post wire walk stunt
Washington: American high wire artist, Nik Wallenda was ecstatic after he
became the first person to cross Niagara Falls on a high wire on Friday. Wallenda
walked over the roaring waters of Horseshoe Falls , the largest of the three falls
at 1,800 foot. An estimated 112,000 people gathered to witness the spectacle and
the millions more tuned in on TV. “I hope what I do and what I just did inspires
people around the world to reach for the skies,” People magazine quoted Wallenda
as telling reporters after the walk. According to reports, the 33-year-old daredevil
wore a safety tether as per the request of ABC, which helped sponsor the stunt.
He said that he felt like he was “on cloud nine” after braving “wind coming from
every which way” and blinding mist on his 30-minute walk from the US into Canada.
“There was no way to focus on the movement of the cable,” Wallenda said. “If I
looked down at the cable, there was water moving everywhere. And if I looked up,
there was heavy mist blowing in front of my face. So it was a very unique, a weird
sensation,” he said. He was also asked about how he overcame the forces of nature
to complete the historical walk, which paid homage to his circus family, the Flying
Wallendas, and his great-grandfather, the late Karl Wallenda (who died during
a stunt in Puerto Rico ). “A lot of praying,” he said. “That’s for sure,” he added.
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