This article is a year old now, and I posted lots like it last year before Nik Wallenda walked over Niagara Falls. However since it has been a year now, it is interesting to look back and read again about his preparations for his walk.
From Niagara This Week:
…And if the much-publicized stunt is a success, he’ll also be the first person to cross right over the falls.
A number of daredevils have walked across the gorge further downstream, but no one has gone directly above the falls themselves. It has been more than 100 years since anyone has even attempted a crossing.
Wallenda, from Sarasota, Fla., waged a two-year, cross-border bureaucratic battle to win the right to try…
From WNYC Public Radio (you can listen to the 5-minute audio segment):
Niagara Falls has long been a magnet for daredevils, but strict laws have kept them away for more than a century. That’s expected to change Friday, when circus performer Nik Wallenda will walk a two-inch-thick wire above the giant waterfall. It’s an exception officials hope will rescue tourism — and the city’s economy.
At the Haunted House of Wax in Niagara Falls, tourists are greeted by two signs: one that beckons visitors to meet ghoulish wax figurines and another advertising that the building is for sale. It’s a common sight in a downtown that’s also dotted with empty lots and tacky gift shops.
Paul Gromosiak has lived here for 70 years, and he still remembers the glory days. He keeps a homemade model of Niagara Falls on his kitchen table with little flags on toothpicks to mark stunts from the past 200 years. He’s already added one for Nik Wallenda.
Everyone is trying to get a piece of the Nik Wallenda action…
From a CNW press release seen on Yahoo! Canada Finance:
As the excitement for the June 15 Wallenda Stunt Walk over the falls builds, so too does the interest in the daredevils who challenged the Falls before him. Those who want to climb inside history can do so with a visit to the Niagara Daredevil Exhibit inside the Niagara IMAX Theatre. Home to the world’s only collection of the original daredevil barrels, the exhibit chronicles the people who have challenged the falls and the fates that awaited them.
From The Independent (in the UK):
It takes a cool head, impeccable balance, and plenty of self-confidence to walk unaided across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Unfortunately, for daredevil Nik Wallenda, it also requires formal permission from local bureaucrats.
The 32-year-old circus performer is bidding to become the first person in more than a century to perform the high-wire stunt, reviving a tradition of derring-do which stretches back to the destination’s golden era. But first, he needs a rubber stamp from Canada’s Niagara Parks Commission.
The article also has a nice history of the various daredevils over the years.
From the Sheraton on the Falls blog:
The 20 acre Falls Avenue Resort is taking entertainment in Niagara Falls to new heights in June and July. Tina Winn, aka Galaxy Girl tm will perform death-defying stunts more than 127 feet in the air without the aid of nets or safety devices. Her unparalleled aerial performance and stunts are sure to dazzle guests young and old.
One of a few female daredevils in the World, Galaxy Girl begins her show by climbing up a 12 storey high pole to a trapeze 90 feet above the crowd to perform her signature version of the “daring young lady on the flying trapeze”, then continues up to 127 feet where she performs a variety of acrobatic manoeuvres including handstands and free stands while talking to the crowd below.