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Nik Wallenda successfully crosses Niagara Falls!

Nik Wallenda, 'King of the High Wire' is all set to walk on a high wire at Table Rock across Niagara Gorge on June 15, 2012 at 10pm.

Please Note: Fireworks on Friday, June 15 will take place at 11pm

Facts & Risk Factors

Date: Friday June. 15, 2012 3:00 AM

All set for the historic high wire walk tomorrow

Date: Thursday June. 14, 2012 1:50 AM

Thousands of people, mesmerizing falls, curious children, sounds, lights.... King of the Highwire Nik Wallenda sets foot on a 2-inch cable across the thundering Niagara Falls tomorrow 10pm. The walk will broadcast on a live ABC special helping millions of people to watch the historic high wire walk across Niagara Falls. The American television network ABC is partly funding Wallenda's walk and requested Nik to wear a tether during the walk. This in fact created a controversy since from the beginning and this is something that annoys Wallenda too. He says "he will be completely calm during the walk". But "never in my life have I worn a tether and it makes me nervous".

Highwire walk on Friday around 10:00pm

Date: Wednesday June. 13, 2012 2:00 AM

Nik Wallenda scheduled to begin his high wire walk on Friday around 10:00pm. The walk across the falls supposed to complete between 30 and 45 minutes. Thereafter, Nik will sit down for an interview with ABC Television and a press conference, which is expected to grab more than 70 media outlets accredited by Niagara Parks Commission.

Nik confirms the direction of highwire walk

Date: Tuesday June. 12, 2012 1:20 AM

The direction of the long anticipated walk has been confirmed. Nik said he would be walking from Goat Island in NY to Table Rock that is from the U.S side to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Nik said the walk from east to west is ideal and comfortable. With this direction the front part to where he walks is a block wall. So, it hides the mighty Niagara Falls from his vision. "So, visually it's the best way to go".

Everything is in progress for the final walk. A guide wire will be flown across the river Tuesday night which will then be hooked up to the main cable Wallenda will walk on, and a winch will be used to pull it across. The 550-metre-long, five-centimetre-thick wire is expected to be stretched across the Niagara Gorge this night. The Niagara Helicopters, which was initially planned to use for moving the wire from one end to the other end has been replaced by another helicopter company as they failed to secure permissions from concerned authorities.

Getting closer to the stunt of the century

Date: Monday June. 11, 2012 2:40 AM

Everything is getting so close, just a few more days for the final day and Nik is all set to accomplish his childhood dream of crossing the mighty falls!

There are many people who attempted to cross the falls since after the first crossing in 1859. But for a long time stunting was banned in the falls and this time everybody is so excited for the first stunting in this century. The 33 year old Nik Wallenda stays calm for the day he becomes the first person ever to walk over the brink of the falls.

Niagara Helicopter Company fails to secure permits

Date: Thursday June. 7, 2012 8:10 AM

Issues occur one after the other. And this time it is Helicopter Company, which was initially decided to use for fixing wire across Niagara Falls for the final walk. The company officials said they wouldn't be able to help out as they failed to secure permits from concerned authorities. Anna Pierce, vice-president of Niagara Helicopters said they started the process for getting permits from Transport Canada in late April. Thereafter when they approached on the FAA they were informed about the NAFTA paperwork, which permissions take four to six weeks to process. She said "There are other helicopter operators who already have this paperwork filed and in place."

Meanwhile, the team behind Wallenda's wire walking is working on a backup plan to get the rope across.

Everything is in order and there's no story says Manager

Date: Wednesday June. 6, 2012 1:10 AM

Winston Simone manager of Nik Wallenda denied all the rumours and stories regarding cancellation of the big walk across the gorge on June 15. There is no room for doubt, the event is 100% happening and we don't know how this false news is being spread, he said.

There is no financial trouble, no other issues. Everything is speculated. If there is anything that hasn't finished yet, everything will be done by today. "Everything is in order and there's no story here" Simone said on Tuesday.

He said Nik will reach Niagara Falls on June 13. He is getting ready and looking forward to meeting everyone before the big walk.

Nik evokes Debernardi, Munday & Trotter to go over the falls

Date: Monday June. 4, 2012 3:00 AM

Nik Wallenda is all set to walk over the falls on June 15, 2012. And this is something that inspires the daredevils Peter Debernardi (65), Dave Munday (75) and Steve Trotter (49). All said they want to go over the falls in a barrel. If they are permitted to go over the falls once again that would be second trip for both Debernardi and Munday. Trotter is dreaming third voyage over the gorge. Trotter said "No one has ever done it three times, and I want that last rush. It's like my retirement stunt. I'd love to go again but I want to go through the right channels. I mean, I could bring a half a million people to the area. I would support anything they want me to do. I'd go by their rules."

Debernardi and Trotter are going to Canadian Park officials, but sources say Munday may go over regardless of what the officials decide. In the meantime, Trotter is in the process of making a barrel. He is setting up a meeting with officials as soon as possible, even though park officials said permission will most likely not be granted.

Free tickets for the June 15 tightrope walk snatched up

Date: Saterday June. 2, 2012 1:45 AM

All the 4,000 free tickets for the June 15 tightrope walk event were snatched up shortly after the New York parks started offering them online Friday morning. The wire walk will take place over the Horseshoe Falls and there is only limited suitable viewing area available on the U.S side of Niagara Falls. No tickets are needed to watch Wallenda from the Canadian side.

Watch tightrope walk for free

Date: Thursday May. 31, 2012 5:18 AM

NY State officials have said that the tightrope walk across Niagara Falls will be free to the public in the U.S. side of Niagara Falls. But it is to note that only 4,000 free tickets will be available on the American side, and you will have to be ready at your computer at 9 a.m. Friday to snatch one.

Nik Wallenda asks help to foot the bill

Date: Thursday May. 31, 2012 4:12 AM

Nik Wallenda, the stuntman who proposed to walk over Niagara Falls on 15 June asks people help to pay for his wire walk. He has set up a page on the fundraising site seeking financial contributions ranging from $1 to $10,000. As of Wednesday night, $840 had been raised toward the total goal of $50,000.

Nik Wallenda Featured in DANGER BY DESIGN

Date: Wednesday May. 30, 2012 2:23 AM

DANGER BY DESIGN, a new Docu-series of the Great Wallendas and their death-defying stunts, airing Mondays at 9PM (ET/PT) on June 18 on SCIENCE, a division of Discovery Communications, Inc.

SCIENCE is excited to bring the legendary Wallenda family and the life and stunts of Nik Wallenda into limelight in this six part Doc-Series. Nik, who breaks the limits of science and records after records with his extraordinary skills and courage, is on a new mission to chase his childhood dream on 15 June across the Niagara Gorge by walking on a 2-inch-diameter wire.

The Six Parts Doc-Series DANGER BY DESIGN includes;

1. The Bahamas: The highest bicycle ride on a tight rope at Atlantis Paradise Island.

2. Sway Poles & Motorcycle Ride: Nik and his wife Erendira showcase their talents as a couple.

3. Wheel of Death: Breathtaking performance on a rotating apparatus known as 'The Wheel of Death' during his visit to Atlantic City, NJ for a high wire walk.

4. Exploding Box, Return to Puerto Rico: Nik tries to cheat death by climbing inside a box filled with dynamite. Nik recreated the Seven-Person Pyramid that killed his great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda.

5. Zip Line, Ferris Wheel Walk: Nik's first fire-related stunt. Nik returns to Santa Cruz where he attempts to walk atop a moving Ferris Wheel for the first time in his career.

6. Helicopter Hang: Nik attempts a solo stunt that pushes the boundaries of science and engineering to the limit when he performs acrobatic feats on a trapeze hanging underneath a moving helicopter, finishing with him hanging by only his jaw.

To everything Nik Says "People ask me all the time -- why do you do this? Why do you risk your life? My family has been doing this for seven generations. I was born doing it; it's really all I know. It's in my blood, it's who I am and I can't imagine doing anything else."

SCIENCE, a division of Discovery Communications, Inc. is home for the thought provocateur, the individual who is unafraid to ask the killer questions of "how" and "why not."

Threat of nesting falcons during wire walk

Date: Friday May. 25, 2012 4:23 AM

The possibility of the attack of nesting falcons during the wire walk over the Niagara Falls on 15 June is higher, says Mark and Marion Nash, spokesmen, Canadian Peregrine Foundation.

Marion Nash said that the path which Nik uses for crossing Niagara Falls is a major flight path used by the falcons especially peregrine falcons, a very protective and dangerous species in Canada. This poses high risk during the wire walk. These falcons go 360 kph could attack him from back while he crosses.

Mark Nash added "it's also possible the pair may not feel threatened. Who knows what will happen?" They said they alerted Natural Resources ministry staff about the possible attack from falcons and suggested to put off the stunt until September.

Meanwhile everything is fine in the world of falcon. The adult falcons, which have nested at the site for almost seven years, have four healthy babies aging from 19 to 24 days. They are expected to start flying around the age of 40 days. As the early days of flight are risky, keep a close eye on them in case a rescue is needed, said Marion Nash.

But the wire walk is going ahead. Witness: The Iconic Walk over the Falls

Nik Wallenda Continues Daily Practice

Date: Monday May. 21, 2012 2:53 AM

Although talks and questions over the use of safety nets going on, Nik Wallenda continues his daily wire walk practice in front of the Seneca Niagara Casino Hotel, Niagara Falls. The practice has been scheduled everyday between May 12th and May 22nd from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 3:30 to 5 p.m.

It is just a few days ago the nail-biting wobbling incident happened when he was completing a walk above Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The onlookers were shocked when he stumbled and seemed nearly to fall.

Come, watch how passionately Nik approaches and prepares for his historic walk in Niagara. It is truly a rare chance! Observe the curious onlookers, alarming kids and mighty Niagara Falls...! It's a one time opportunity!

Public can watch the stunning wire walking training sessions for free of charge.

Prefer to start the walk in the U.S. and end in Canada

Date: Sunday May. 20, 2012 10:53 PM

Though television officials would have it the other way around, Nik Wallenda would prefer to begin his historic high-wire walk in the U.S. and end in Canada. Moreover, he insisted to make the wire walking event across Niagara Falls completely free to which, the state officials haven't agreed yet.

The 33-year-old daredevil, Nik Wallenda bears a lot of pressure and gets continuing requests on various aspects in which the latest is on using safety devices. The sponsors who want to see Wallenda wear a safety device said "there is no choice." And it is fact that Sponsors want to avoid possible death fall and damage to their brand.

Nik Wallenda said "I'm trying to change it" and he later added he would wear a safety net if he is forced to do.

To all these controversial talks Nik's father and safety coordinator, Terry Troffer responded "Nik hates the very idea of using safety harness. It's been a long, arduous process, and there have been a few hiccups along the way. But Nik will handle all of that."

Sponsors Pressuring to Use Safety Devices

Date: Friday May. 18, 2012 8:53 PM

Nik Wallenda, the renowned death-defying stuntman says his sponsors for the tightrope walk across Niagara Falls are pressuring to use safety devices. He says he'd rather not use any security net on the final day, which he used once in his life time when he was just five.

It is his childhood dream to cross Niagara Falls on a wire without using safety harness.

"To be honest a lot of my sponsors are very concerned about the event," said Wallenda. "And a lot of them have threatened to back out from funding this event if I don't wear a line."

Nik with Curious School Kids

Date: Thursday May. 17, 2012 1:53 AM

Last day some of the curious grade-schoolers from Notre Dame Elementary School asked Nik a few tough questions that make any adventurer a bit nervous. The curious grade-schoolers asked Wallenda;

"What happens if you fall?"

"What happens if the rope snaps?"

He was happy all the time and smiled at them when he was answering.

During the time he said about the actual walk. He's still undecided about which direction he'll walk. He says "It'll be decided closer to the date".


Date: Wednesday May. 16, 2012 3:53 PM

Mr. Wallenda's walk across the falls on a five-centimetre diameter steel cable will be televised live.

CTV will broadcast Nik Wallenda's death-defying tightrope walk, live from Niagara Falls, on Friday, June 15, from 9-11 p.m, exclusively on CTV and simultaneously on CTV Mobile.

MAN ON WIRE: LIVE FROM NIAGARA promises to be "an incredible, never-seen-before spectacle," said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports.

CTV (Canada's Olympic Network) is Canada's most-watched television network and lead broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

A study has suggested that the television coverage of the event could generate a $120-million shot in the arm to the Niagara economy.

Wallenda begins walk at a low point

Date: Tuesday May. 14, 2012 4:00 PM

Wallenda will begin his walks at a low point, about 6-8 feet off the ground, and will end at a much higher point that is approximately 50 feet above the ground. During the first round of walks, Wallenda made it about 1/4 of the way across when he stopped and was brought down by a hydraulic lift.

Wallenda said "something wasn't right with the wire. It was twisting/rolling, making it hard to stay on the cable."

He later placed a short weighted pole on the cable to the prevent movement. Once adjustments were made, the hydraulic lift took Wallenda back to the spot where he stopped and he walked down to the beginning of the cable.

Nik Wallenda Practises for the Walk

Date: Tuesday May. 8, 2012 1:00 PM

Nik Wallenda will be practicing walks everyday between May 12th and May 22nd from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Everybody can watch the wire walk practice for free of cost.

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