Daredevil Nik Wallenda wowed Chicago and the world Sunday with two hair-raising skyscraper crossings on the high wire without a safety net or a harness.
Thousands of cheering fans packed the streets around the city’s Marina City towers to watch the 35-year-old heir to the Flying Wallendas’ family business complete the back-to-back walks including one wearing a blindfold.
As he stepped from the wire after completing the second leg, he tore off his blindfold and waved to the crowd of thousands below who erupted in cheers.
SARASOTA, Fla. — Famed tightrope walker Nik Wallenda crossed 61 metres over an oceanfront highway in Sarasota on a wire without a safety harness or net.
The circus performer and six-time Guinness World Record holder carried out the stunt Tuesday on a sunny but windy morning. He says there was more wind than he expected and the cables were moving “quite a bit.”
Florida aerialist Nik Wallenda completed a tightrope walk that took him almost half a kilometre over the Little Colorado River Gorge in northeastern Arizona on Sunday.
Wallenda performed the stunt on a five-centimetre-thick steel cable, 450 metres above the river on the Navajo Nation near the Grand Canyon. He took just more than 22 minutes, pausing and crouching twice as winds whipped around him so that he could get “the rhythm out of the rope.”
On June 23, 2013, daredevil Nik Wallenda performed his latest high-wire stunt by tightrope walking across the Little River Gorge near the Grand Canyon without any safety equipment. Balancing on a 2-inch wire that stretched 1,500 feet, he faced 48 mph winds. His takeaway? Danger is all in one’s head. He said mental toughness got him through the 23-minute ordeal. I teach mental toughness to athletes, professional sports coaches, and CEOs and other executives.
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — High-wire daredevil Nik Wallenda has completed his longest tightrope walk ever during an appearance at the Wisconsin State Fair.TV station WTMJ reports Wallenda on Tuesday evening crossed the 1,576-foot wire that was strung more than 10 stories above the Milwaukee Mile Speedway on the fairgrounds. The 36-year-old Wallenda holds nine Guinness World Records for his stunts. He walked across Niagara Falls in 2012.
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — A man faces multiple charges after police say he lit a makeshift bomb that failed to explode in a Niagara Falls, Ont. hotel.
Police say they were called around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when someone in the hotel spotted a fire in the office area.
They say the flames were quickly put out.
Police say they found a hotel guest had lit a makeshift explosive in the office before running back to his room.
Investigators say his room smelled like gasoline but it was determined there was no threat to people in or around the hotel.