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Nik Wallenda Successfully Walks Across The Grand Canyon

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 6/24/2013  It was a breathtaking challenge, wWalk across the Grand Canyon, on a two-inch-wide tightrope, but daredevil Nik Wallenda did just that Sunday night.   And Miguel Marquez was watching.   "My shoes feel slippery, there's dust on this cable."   It didn't start well.   "I just need to relax more, it's kind of hard to relax when you're 1,500 feet above a canyon."   Some 22 minutes and 54 seconds of death defying, vertigo inducing, thrill.   "Ed, that's a view there buddy."   A two-inch thick cable stretches a quarter-mile across the Colorado River.   "I'm not liking it."   The most hair-raising part of the Discovery Channel sponsored feat.   "Lord help this cable to calm down."   When the 7th generation daredevil's balance pole began swinging, teetering, higher and higher.   "Thosw winds are a lot higher than I thought."   Was he losing control?   "You don't have to tell me how long I've been on the wire."   Twice he stopped, kneeling to regain his composure and steady the wire quivering beneath his feet.   "Wow. that's a long way down."   Over Hell Hole Bend and without a tether or safety harness, the 34-year-old thrillseeker sounding more like a preacher.   "Thank you Lord."   High wires and high tension, a Wallenda family trait, CNN's own Kate Bolduan recently had a lesson with him.   "Do you just make nervous into focus, in that how you?" Bolduan asked.   "Yeah, I mean once it's time to go, it's time to go," replied Wallenda. "After that first step, there's no turning back."   "No turning back," another family trait Nil's great-grandfather Karl Wallenda put the "Flying Wallenda's" together in 1922. In 1978, in Puerto Rico, he fell 10 stories to his death.   That was 10 months before Nik was born.   "My great-grandfather Karl Wallenda said, 'life is on the wire, and everything else is just waiting.' This is life," said Wallenda.   Life on a wire, cheating desth one more day.   "On a scale from 1-to-10, what he did tonight was unbelievable. I'd give it a 10," said stunt motorcyclist Robbie Knievel.   For the finale, Nik Wallenda ran to the finish.
   
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