Nik Wallenda
April 12, 2019
Nik Wallenda

More recently, 33 year old Nik Wallenda did the tightrope walk across the Niagara River Gorge on June 15th, 2012. He crossed at the widest part of the river, close to the Horseshoe Falls, from Goat Island in the US to the Canadian side. This is the closest any tightrope walker has gotten to Niagara Falls. All of the others performed their stunts downriver form the Falls. During his crossing, Nik spoke to his father through a headset and even took questions from ABC broadcasters as he made his way across the specially installed cable, which was about 550 metres (1804.46 feet) long and roughly five centimetres (1.9685 inches) wide.Since stunts at Niagara Falls are now prohibited because of the risk and danger, he had to obtain permits from the government agencies on both sides of the river prior to the event. Nik also had to show his passport to the Canadian border authorities upon his arrival on the Canadian side. It was filmed live on TV.In the summer of 2014, Nik Wallenda broke two world records in Chicago, the highest incline tightrope walk and the longest distance blindfolded.

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