Yesterday evening, something that has never been done before was completed in just less than forty minutes. Nik Wallenda crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Over twenty stories above the icy cold rushing water, the man slowly walked along the inch wide wire until he reached the opposite side. Starting on the American side and finishing on the Canadian side, he luckily did not have to deal with any customs agents along the way. He faced a 165 feet drop and the most powerful waterfall in North America.
Wallenda was forced by ABC to wear a safety harness for the journey despite his resistance to the idea. Because of the number of people watching, the station insisted that the precaution be taken. For some, this took the thrill out of the world-record breaking event. For others, the feat alone was more than impressive.
Wallenda has been on the tightrope since age two and comes from a family who has been doing stunts their entire lives. He says crossing Niagara Falls has been one of his life goals so needless to say he was ecstatic after he crossed. Without question there were some audience members hoping that Wallenda would not be able to beat gravity, but this time he proved to be victorious.
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