[Worldkings] Top 100 Pioneers in All Fields (P. 89) Nik Wallenda (USA): The first person to walk on tightrope across Niagara Falls


(Worldkings.org) On June 15, 2012, Nik Wallenda rode the Niagara Falls rope in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Wallenda completed her attempt to become the first person to walk the 1,800-foot rope across the misty precipice of roaring Niagara Falls.

Nikolas Wallenda (born January 24, 1979) is an American acrobat, aerialist, daredevil, high wire artist, and author. He is known for his high-wire performances without a safety net. He holds 11 records for various acrobatic feats, and is best known as the first person to walk a tightrope stretched directly over Niagara Falls.


Wallenda was born in Sarasota, Florida, and he is a seventh-generation member of The Flying Wallendas family of aerialists. His ancestors were primarily of German descent and have been circus performers since the 1700s; they have been doing balancing acts without nets since Karl Wallenda made the family famous for the feat in the 1920s. Nik Wallenda is a great-grandson of Karl, whom he calls his role model and his "biggest hero in life".

On February 15, 2012, Nik Wallenda received official approval from Ontario's Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) to walk a tightrope across Niagara Falls, a dream he had had since he was a child.


For the 33-year-old father of three, the Niagara Falls walk was unlike anything he'd ever done. It was the first time in Wallenda's career that he performed without guy wire stabilizers. The wire was two inches (five centimeters) in diameter, significantly wider than the 5/8 of an inch wire Wallenda typically uses, and weighed roughly 8.5 tons (7,700 kg). Weighted pendulums were attached every 150 feet (46 m) to keep the wire from twisting.

He took steady, measured steps amid the rushing mist over the falls as an estimated crowd of 125,000 people on the Canadian side and 4,000 on the American side watched. Along the way, he calmly prayed aloud. Wallenda did not falter or totter in the slightest during his walk, nor did he stop to do any extra tricks during the walk (as he often does).


He completed the crossing at 10:41 p.m. EDT, 25 minutes after he started. In so doing, Wallenda became the first person to cross directly over Niagara Falls on a high-wire. In the 1800s, a few tightrope walkers had crossed over the Niagara Gorge down river, but none had ever crossed directly over the Falls. He also set the world record for longest walk over a waterfall.

Afterward, he said he accomplished the feat through "a lot of praying, that's for sure. But, you know, it's all about the concentration, the focus, and the training."


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