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Updated: June 17, 2012 08:24 IST

Across the Niagara Falls on a tightrope

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GUTSY GUSTO AGAINST GUSTS: Tightrope-walked Nik Wallenda walks the high wire across the Niagara Falls on Friday. Tied to a harness and wielding a balancing pole, the 33-year-old daredevil performed the breath-taking stunt from a height of 196 feet over the Horseshoe Falls, between the United States and Canada.
AP GUTSY GUSTO AGAINST GUSTS: Tightrope-walked Nik Wallenda walks the high wire across the Niagara Falls on Friday. Tied to a harness and wielding a balancing pole, the 33-year-old daredevil performed the breath-taking stunt from a height of 196 feet over the Horseshoe Falls, between the United States and Canada.

Daredevil Nik Wallenda completes historic high-wire walk, braving blustering winds, heavy spray

A daredevil American, Nik Wallenda, became first person in the world to walk on a tightrope across the roaring Niagara Falls, separating U.S. and Canada.

A high-wire artist Wallenda, 33, defied predictions of naysayers who warned him of everything from falcons to fierce winds toppling him as he braved heavy winds and heavy spray taking just under 30 minutes to cover the 1,800 feet distance across the mist-fogged brink of the falls.

Egged on by hundreds of thousands of people watching him from the Canadian and US sides of the falls, Wallenda gingerly walked on a cable suspended 196 feet over a never—before traversed rim of the biggest waterfall in the North America.

“I feel like I’m on cloud nine right now,” he said at a news conference minutes after completing the walk.

“The impossible is not quite the impossible if you set your mind to it.”

A member of the family of famed high-wire walkers Wallenda family, Nik said he had from childhood dreamt of pulling off the stunt, but never before attempted.

Other attempts have been made to wire-walk across the Niagara, but they have all been downstream.

Wallenda started his dream walk from the American end and arrived on the Canadian side, waving to his fans.

Attempts to cross the falls are strictly forbidden, but the authorities made an exception for Wallenda, who is a descendant in a long line of acrobats and circus performers.

Wallenda said the first thing he did after the walk was to call his grandmother to let her know that he had done it.

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Everyone has a right to live life on their own terms. Nik has shown that, impossible is nothing. Kudos to Nik

from:  shyam
Posted on: Jun 17, 2012 at 22:59 IST

again and again it is proved that " every battle is first won or lost in your heart" welldone nik..........

from:  maharshad mv
Posted on: Jun 17, 2012 at 20:13 IST

What Mr Wallenda did was remarkable. He showed to us as a human being that it is possible to balance on a tight rope under severe conditions. Having seen Niagara for couple of times, I could not even dream of doing it. But my heartiest congratulations to him for achieving this. Because it may open up a new gate for few more followers to do it. This is how the trend happens. P.S: Mr. Wallenda's grandfather died when he was trying to cross a hi-rise building.

from:  Senthil
Posted on: Jun 17, 2012 at 19:44 IST

Great accomplishment! Like they say, it's all in the mind...

from:  Narayanan
Posted on: Jun 17, 2012 at 18:26 IST

Everybody has their own ideas of joy and satisfaction in life. To risk one's life for one's own happiness of achievement, or passion is as worthy or even more, oas risking it for community service. I know lot of people will disagree with this, but to me, ones commitment to oneself is of ultimate importance. You have to be true to yourself to be true to other things, like community, nation etc. Just that the self should be pure.

from:  Aparna
Posted on: Jun 17, 2012 at 15:05 IST

It is such display of courage and mind set that still makes the world liveable, in spite of the rulers continuing to mess the world affairs with ill intentions and selfish agrandizement. True, not everyone can be that person, Wallenda on the wire; nor is it
necessary to be one. yet it kindles the hope of achieving the impossible. Thank god that 'He' still asserts that it is 'His' world!!

from:  Ramaswamy.A
Posted on: Jun 17, 2012 at 09:47 IST

I don't know what it means to him, but to me it's stupidity!To risk one's life is worth taking only to save others lives or for some great service to community.Doing it merely because no one has done it is merely insane. "Other attempts .... been downstream."what does that mean? Is it that all others who attempted are dead?

from:  arif
Posted on: Jun 16, 2012 at 22:50 IST
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