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WATCH: Nik Wallenda Conquers Niagara Falls

By Arturo Garcia
Saturday, June 16, 2012 21:54 EDT
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[Nik Wallenda by Flickr user kevint3141]
 
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True to the family name, Nik Wallenda did it with the greatest of ease.

Taking up the mantle of his great-grandfather, the high-wire artist made his way across the widest stretch of Niagara Falls in just 34 minutes Friday night, adding an extra degree of difficulty to an already impressive feat: as the Los Angeles Times reports, Wallenda not only became the first person to walk across Niagara in more than a century, but he did it across a wider distance than James Hardy did in 1896.

“I feel like I’m on cloud nine right now,” he said at a press conference afterwards. “The impossible is not quite the impossible if you set your mind to it.”

The event became not just an attraction for the town, which saw more than 100 thousand people come to witness it, but a cause for concern: Wallenda was required by ABC-TV to wear a harness during the journey. And for his next trick, Wallenda said, he’d like to tackle the Grand Canyon.

Watch video of Wallenda’s death-defying feat below:

Image via Flickr user Kevint3141

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
 
 
 
 
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