Tag: bryant gumbel

    Wallenda on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”

    No Comments

    From the Buffalo News:

    When Nik Wallenda walks an 1,800-foot cable above Niagara Falls this summer, his biggest challenge won’t be the mist or wind in his face – it’ll be the first step of his historic feat.

    “The first step’s definitely the hardest one,” Wallenda said Tuesday on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. “After the first step’s over you’re there, you’re committed. After the first step, you’re not gonna turn around and come back. Youre just gonna go.”

    Wallenda this week got a taste of the national fame he’s expected to bring to the falls when he walks the wire sometime between June and September.

    The stuntman and father told legendary Sports Illustrated reporter Frank Deford, now working with HBO, that his parents used to shake his practice cable to prepare him for the surprises he might face on the wire.

    Gumbel will (did) interview Wallenda on HBO

    No Comments

    From the Buffalo News:

    Nik Wallenda, who is planning to walk a tightrope across Niagara Falls this summer, will be featured on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” on HBO at 10 p.m. today, State Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, and Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-Lewiston, said Monday.

    Wallenda will be interviewed about his upcoming walk and will talk about the history of his acrobat family, the Flying Wallendas, and the previous walks he has made.

    I don’t get HBO, so I looked online to see if I could watch the broadcast (it was shown last night). The HBO Real Sports web site has a brief clip, but that’s all I can find. Here are a couple of screenshots. I think the second one is particularly interesting. He was chatting with the interviewer as he was standing on a wire. He stood there and looked like he was as comfortable on a wire as I am on the ground.

    %d bloggers like this: