GOTTA SEE!: Wallenda's HIGH-WIRE WALK OVER NIAGARA FALLS !!!
I watched on TV in rapt attention with others the Walk Over Niagara Falls - which I live about 40 min from. Watched by thousands along the Falls in both the US and Canada and millions home as broadcast live on ABC it was magnificent. ABC had insisted Nic Wallenda wear a safety device but I and everyone instinctively knew that, never having been used at any time before, it was at best a "?" if it would ever work if he fell. He hated the idea: and you could hear him on a mike saying at one point while on the wire: "I feel like a horse's ass with this thing on. O well." Luckily we did not have to find out if it would work.
Upholding the tradition of his great High-Wire family before him he was attempting a feat many said was impossible. And seeing the Falls as shown by ABC you would agree. They showed him praying and reassuring his family that he would be fine and would not be doing this if he didn't know that. He is in superb shape, a great athlete in his own right, and an engineer of the wire, helped by a NASA engineer and by his coach-father on headset. He had a mike, and we could hear him speaking calmly to his father - describing the always-present mist and winds of the Falls distorting his vision and making it difficult at times to see the wire - which is crucial. He could also be heard praying "Thank you God", "Thank you Jesus" when he had gotten thru a difficult moment. He was completely soaked by the mist, as was the cable, dripping - and getting exhausted by the end. He was, by then, walking uphill on the wire, you could hear him saying he could no longer feel his hands on the 40' cross-poll. Just before the end: to acknowledge the cheering-him-on crowds, he knelt to them and raised his arm in triumph, then RAN across the last few yards to the platform.
A MAGNIFICENT 26 MINUTES! (he walked a third of a mile!) Here's some pics, there are hundreds on the net + video, ABC has a lot, but it really is worth seeing:
Good Video: Put it in Full Screen if you can (that little icon in right, lower corner) - whatever, well-worth seeing:
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