June 19, 2013

Nerves of Steel

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Look!  Up there!  High above the cars...seemingly walking on air!  It's....Nik Wallenda!
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Sarasota's hometown hero and high wire daredevil, Nik Wallenda, is at it again.  This time he's training to walk across the Grand Canyon this Sunday, June 23rd. The set up for his training actually is somewhat subdued from the standpoint that the tightrope, while thick, is quite low to the ground -- perhaps 15 feet high at the maximum. (Compare that to the pending canyon walk which will be 1,500 feet high.) Without question, Nik knows what he's doing and will be properly prepared for his latest feat.   But, it's going to be a nerve wracking (yet awe inspiring) experience watching him stroll high above the Grand Canyon on live TV without a tether.
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During his training session last night, he sat down on the wire and fielded all kinds of questions from the audience. (And, it was a good size crowd, especially on a week night.) Reporters from around the globe have been descending upon Sarasota to produce stories about Nik training here.  From what I understand, though, media access at the Grand Canyon will be limited to invitation only.  We're all proud of Nik and we're praying for his success in Arizona. The walk starts at 8 p.m. EST on the Discovery Channel.   Click here to see a pretty cool promo with Nik sitting on the edge of the canyon.

6 comments:

Nancy J said...

I am very happy to let the MAN do the walk all by himself. Hope it all goes well. Cheers, Jean.

Andy said...

He did his stuff in Canada at Niagara Falls and attracted huge crowds. I'm sure he will also be successful at his Grand Canyon walk.

SFlaGuy said...

Glad you are back. So am I.

Michelle said...

I do hope he is successful! I cannot imagine doing his work.

gregory urbano said...

certainly is scary to think someone would walk across the grand canyon on a wire!!

Kay said...

I heard him interviewed on NPR - a very interesting guy. Since I found it hard to walk anywhere near the edge of an overlook in Grand Canyon it's impossible to imagine walking over it. I wish him the best of luck.