June 15, 2012 – Nik Wallenda has become the first person to walk on a tightrope 1,800 feet across the mist-fogged brink of roaring Niagara Falls.
A tethered Wallenda accomplished the feat on Friday night, saying he got through by “a lot of praying.” He also credited his concentration, focus and training.
Wallenda said the feat “will be with me forever” and the worst part was waiting for TV networks to be ready as he crouched on the starting platform. “There were 10 painful minutes sitting on that platform. My legs started falling asleep and cramping up.”
Asked what he would do next, Wallenda said: “I have permits to be the first person in the world to walk across the Grand Canyon so that’s a process we’ll start working on. I’d say within three to five years I’ll accomplish that as well.”
The seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas had long dreamed of pulling off the stunt, never before attempted. Other daredevils have wire-walked over the Niagara River but farther downstream and not since 1896. more…
Nik Wallenda “King of the High Wire” will dare to tightrope walk across the American and Horseshoe Falls
Nik Wallenda is one step closer to joining Niagara Falls daredevil folklore when he attempts to transverse Niagara Falls. It has been confirmed the date for “The Wallenda Walk at Niagara Falls” is June 15, 2012.
Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation (NTCC) has partnered with the City of Niagara Falls, The Conference & Events at Niagara Falls, and Niagara Falls State Parks to put forth comprehensive information for “The Wallenda Walk at Niagara Falls”.
NTCC has launched a website where area residents and visitors will find general information about the logistics of the day, including where to watch the walk live. Additionally, tourists can access an online reservation system for lodging and accommodations, and there will be a continuously updated list of attractions and things to do throughout Niagara County. The site can be accessed at Walkthefalls.com or through “The Wallenda Walk at Niagara Falls” banner at Niagara-usa.com.
“We are very excited to welcome Nik Wallenda and the attention his spotlight will bring on the long-standing allure of Niagara’s tremendous power, and the entire area as a whole,” said Melissa Morinello, director of marketing and communications, NTCC. “Our entire staff will be working diligently to provide the most up-to-date information to residents and visitors who not only want to watch ‘The Wallenda Walk at Niagara Falls’ live, but to also enjoy the many attractions and events that will be happening surrounding June 15, 2012.
Wallenda is seventh generation of the legendary Great Wallendas, and set a Guinness world record October 15, 2008 for the longest distance and greatest height ever traveled by bicycle on a
high wire. It has been is lifetime goal to tightrope walk across Niagara Falls.
Name: William Leonard Hunt Birth Date: June 10, 1838 Place of Birth: Lockport, New York Claim to Fame: Also known as the Great Farini, William Hunt, made several tightrope performances at Niagara Falls. His feats included crossing a high wire with a man on his back, with a sack over his entire body, turning somersaults while on the rope, hanging from it by his feet, and even lowering a bucket into the Niagara River and using the water to wash his handkerchiefs.