Friday, June 15, 2012
Daredevil Nik walk across Niagara Falls on High-Wire
Daredevil Nik Wallenda fulfilled his childhood dream of walking on a tightrope in Niagara Falls and realized in the history books.He is the first person to walk directly over the falls. Crowds packed the U.S. and Canadian sides of the border with winds of 33 brave and strong splashes of walking on a rope 60 meters above the highest waterfall in North America to watch.
The Niagara Falls are the most powerful in North America. They were formed by flowing glacial retreat at the end of the last ice age, with an average of four million cubic meters of water from the Great Lakes over the crest each minute and carving the path to the Atlantic Ocean.
After a short prayer, Wallenda got the cable and direct from New York to Canada. With the help of a long arm, Wallenda was carefully his feet along the cable length and maintained a laser-like focus on his task.
The hair-raising walk took 25 minutes less than the expected 35 to 40 minutes.
He jumped off the high wire on the Canadian side at 22:40 clock (0220 GMT).
The event took place on U.S. network ABC broadcast with a delay of five seconds.
Wallenda was wearing a suit and waterproof suede soles slippers designed by her mother.
Powerful TV lights focused on him all the way, as millions of people around the world have followed the event on television.
The acrobat was a two-way radio and a small headset, and was with the father, identified by ABC as Terry troffers communicate.
"My God, it's amazing, is breathtaking," Wallenda said shortly after the beginning of his research.
He later claimed to be "very wet."
"It's so physical, not only spiritually, but physically," said Wallenda. "The fight against the wind is not easy. I feel my hands are numb."
Wallenda's father gave him words of encouragement during the walk.
"You're doing well. Take your time," said troffers, the ABC described as the security coordinator of the event.
The audience applauded when Wallenda reached the Canadian side of the falls.
Always up to date, Wallenda knelt briefly on cable and waved to the crowd roar.
At the urging of ABC Wallenda was a dish that he climb on the rope when he slipped and fell appropriate permits.
Shortly after his arrival in Canada, called Wallenda her grandmother on a cell phone. "Hey Grandma, I love you," he said. Wallenda said he had promised when the company he concluded, because he could not give to be there.
Any attempt to cross the falls is generally prohibited, but an exception was made for Wallenda, who comes from a long line of circus performers and acrobats.
Fourteen daredevils attempted the feat, and occasionally in the 19 Century it was possible before further tests are banned. However, they were in a much quieter section of the waterfall. Wallenda crossed Niagara Falls crossed unprecedented in a circle.
In a press conference, a smiling, but tired Wallenda said that he made, especially through the fog and wind in question. "The fog was worse than I thought," he said. "The winds were pretty fierce out there."
And yet, "was worth every minute and every penny," said Wallenda. "I loved every minute of it."
Wallenda said he also plans to cross the Grand Canyon - a distance three times higher than Niagara Falls - for his next high-wire act. He said he already has a permit, and held that "within three to five years, if not before."
During the walk Wallenda were children aged nine, 11 and 14, observed.
The achievement of Acrobat adds the tradition and the legend of the famous Wallenda family performed, known for surprising audiences all over the world with their breathtaking stunts by dizzying heights.
Her fame began in 1978 when they the subject of popular made-for-TV movie, The Great Wallendas were made.