Last night 33-year old Nik Wallenda walked from the United States side of Niagara Falls to the Canadian side across a wire suspended 200 feet in the air that was 5 inches in diameter. The seventh-generation acrobat/daredevil started his journey at 10:16 ET and completed it at 10:41. Wallenda’s wife and children, as well as thousands in attendance to witness the accomplishment, welcomed him at the finish.
He was also greeted by the mayor, received a key to the city, and was presented a t-shirt that read “Don’t worry — this isn’t the only way to get to Niagara Falls, Canada.”
John Brenkus of ESPN’s Sport Science examines Wallenda’s walk into the history books.
“This has been everything that I’ve worked for, for a long time,” a beaming Mr. Wallenda said at a news conference afterward, the falls roiling behind him. “And you know what? It’s as real as it gets now, isn’t it? There’s no turning back. It’s done, it’s official, it’s in the history books.”
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