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‘If a guy can do it, a girl can do it too’: Daredevil hangs by teeth from chopper over Niagara Falls

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From Canada.com (including video):

A trapeze artist from a renowned family of daredevils hung by her teeth from a helicopter over Niagara Falls today.

The stunt by aerialist Erendira Vasquez Wallenda comes on the fifth anniversary of her husband’s tight-rope walk over the falls.

According to organizers, the chopper hovered about 100 metres above the Horseshoe Falls. Wallenda dangled by her teeth for over 20 seconds, breaking her own husband’s world record.

“It felt amazing. It was a little more windy than I expected it to be, but I just had to put myself back to my backyard and my training,” she said.

When asked what she had to say to young women and girls, her message was one of persistence.

“Never give up on your dreams,” said the mother of three, who noted that she had to put her career as an aerialist on hold to raise her kids. “If a guy can do it, a girl can do it too. We just do it with a little more grace.”

Meet the Woman Planning to Hang by Her Teeth over Niagara Falls

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From Vice:

Niagara Falls played host to famed circus performer Nik Wallenda who walked across the natural phenomenon on a high-wire passing between the US into Canada just short of five years ago. Now, on the anniversary of his performance, his wife Erendira Vasquez Wallenda will attempt a world recording-breaking feat as she hangs from a helicopter above the falls on June 15—by her teeth.

“I come from eight generations of the circus on my mom’s side, and seven generations on my father’s side, so this has been something that’s been in my life for a long time,” Erendira, who is an aerialist, told VICE. “I started performing when I was five years old—I’ve been around people doing this sort of thing my entire life.”

We reached out to Erendira to ask her why in the world someone would want to hang by their teeth over the Falls and about what it’s like to come from a long hereditary line of circus performers.

Local developers,officials take measured steps to lure Wallenda back to Falls

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Nik Wallenda might not be the only daredevil around here, although he takes the risks and walks those crazy high wires while crowds watch in awe.

As he returns to the region this summer for a 10-week stint at Darien Lake, local developers and officials are doing their own type of tightrope walk as efforts continue to find the aerialist a permanent place to perform in the city.

Wallenda won’t walk Niagara Falls again: NPC

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Speaking of Nik Wallenda, apparently he won’t be walking over the Falls again…

From the St Catharines Standard:

Don’t expect to see Nik Wallenda back in Niagara Falls for Round 2: Untethered.

“I’d say no, not at all,” Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson said when asked if there’s a chance the tightrope walker will return to the Honeymoon Capital for a no-harness sequel to his June 2012 performance.

Thomson said following Wallenda’s June 15 walk between Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Niagara Falls, Ont., the aerialist told her: “I’ve done Niagara Falls, I won’t do it again.

“He told me … he will go on and do something else,” said Thomson, adding she’s interested to see if the Florida native will walk between skyscrapers in New York City, which Wallenda has set as his next target.

Wallenda returns: Daredevil talks of new book and Falls site update

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Aerialist Nik Wallenda returned to Niagara Falls on Friday, and gave his word, once again, that plans for a Falls performance area were still in the works.

The daredevil, who left the city so triumphantly last June after crossing the Niagara Gorge on a two-inch wire, held a press conference on Friday to talk about several things, including his new book, his upcoming walk over the Grand Canyon June 23, and the probability of some sort of tented site being erected in the city where he can perform a daredevil act.

Clark Rigging Plays its Part in the Historic Wallenda Walk

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From Construction Equipment Guide:

It was a unique event gaining worldwide attention, yet it began in the ordinary way with a visit from a potential customer.

However, this particular client was planning an extraordinary event.

Steve Clark, vice president of Clark Rigging & Rental Corporation of Lockport, N.Y., recalled one day that Nik Wallenda of the famous Flying Wallenda aerialist family “walked into our office and said ‘I’m going to walk a wire over Niagara Falls’.”

“Being prudent and cautious managers that we are, we scratched our heads and thought ‘OK, good luck!’” Clark said.

Wallenda on the wire: “Sometimes I think about what I’m having for dinner”

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From Bullet News Niagara:

Kids have that unique gift for getting right to the heart of the matter.

So when daredevil Nik Wallenda stood in front of about 200 students at Notre Dame Elementary School Wednesday afternoon, the famed aerialist faced some of the best questions he’s been asked since he first began to make his acquaintance with Niagara Falls.

Are you scared?

Do you get paid?

What time are you walking?

What kind of shoes do you wear?

What happens if you fall?

What if the rope breaks?

What do you think about when you’re on the tightrope?

Wallenda to meet with Niagara Parks Commission officials on Thursday

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Nik Wallenda, the American aerialist who wants to walk across the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope, will meet with officials from the Niagara Parks Commission this week.

NPC chairwoman Janice Thomson told The Review on Monday that a meeting has been scheduled for Thursday between Wallenda and NPC senior staff.

The meeting will not be open to the public.

“It is an internal staff meeting,” Thomson said. “I will be there and our general manager and her senior managers who will discuss this project with him (Wallenda).”

Thomson expects the meeting will last at least two hours.

The Canadian Press also had a similar article called Daredevil to pitch Niagara Falls tightrope walk again

Wallenda taking his case to tourism minister

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Niagara Parks Commission slammed the door on Nik Wallenda Wednesday, but a day later Minister of Tourism Michael Chan opened it up just a bit.

Speaking with the Niagara Falls Review Thursday, the Ontario tourism minister invited Wallenda, a seventh-generation aerialist who wants to walk across the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope, to come and speak with him.

“My door is always open. I welcome the opportunity to meet Mr. Wallenda,” said Chan, who confirmed he had nothing to do with the NPC’s decision to reject Wallenda’s proposal. “This particular project is under the watch of many, many people. It has huge interest around the world.”

Asked if he would stand behind the NPC’s ruling, Chan seemed to leave the door open, saying there are big issues at play.

“One of the major factors is economics. These are uncertain economic times. Jobs are important, the economy is important. That’s why, my door is open to listen to people,” he said.

Pressure mounts to OK walk across Niagara Falls

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From the Toronto Star:

As an aerialist’s bid to tightrope walk across Niagara Falls next summer hangs in the balance, the commission ruling on his proposal is facing pressure to let the event proceed.

Nik Wallenda, a seventh-generation member of the famed tightrope-walking Wallenda family, hopes to fulfill his lifelong dream of walking across the falls on a wire.

The proposal has cleared all legal hurdles on the American side, but authority to approve or reject Wallenda’s idea in Canada rests with the Niagara Parks Commission. Chair Janice Thomson has repeatedly said the walk would be a stunt contrary to the commission’s mandate to preserve the falls’ natural beauty.

Wallenda maintains his balancing act is an art form, not a stunt. He made his case before the commission two weeks ago in a 12-minute presentation. The commission is reviewing the proposal and Thomson said she expects a ruling early next week.

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