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    Nik Wallenda Prepares for His Niagara Falls Stunt

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    The New York Times has a nice article (including video) of Nik Wallenda practicing:

    Nik Wallenda climbed up a scaffold, stepped onto the steel cable and slipped the harness of his balancing pole over his head. Then he began to walk — each step a few inches in front of the last, his leather moccasins kissing the wire that lay before him.

    The backdrop: a T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant, a Starbucks and a Sheraton hotel to the left, and the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel to the right.

    The scenery next month will be different: the rapids of Niagara Falls swirling below, a cold mist enveloping Mr. Wallenda, a national television audience watching in prime time.

    The Hamilton Spectator also had a nice article:

    Many in the crowd moved along with Nik Wallenda, slowly, at a distance, as the daredevil walked gingerly atop a high wire over the parking lot at Seneca Niagara Casino.

    But the couple of hundred spectators needed to keep their balance on a sidewalk rather than a five-centimetre-wide cable.

    Nik Wallenda prepares for stunt of a lifetime

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    Note: This is the BEST article I’ve read about the walk so far. It shares some nice details of how he will rig up the wire as well as other details of the performance.

    From the Sarasota Florida Herald-Tribune:

    To understand the enormity of Nik Wallenda’s planned high-wire walk across Niagara Falls this summer, it helps to look at another skywalking display the Sarasota native put on in his hometown two years ago.

    On that crisp, clear winter morning, the seventh-generation aerialist walked softly across 600 feet of steel cable from the Watergate condos to the Ritz-Carlton hotel. For 12 minutes, he wowed spectators 200 feet below and dared a national television audience to switch channels.

    But the trek over Horseshoe Falls — part of the Niagara River’s Ice Age formation separating the U.S. from Canada — will make that feat look like a piker’s errand.

    Wallenda upbeat after latest meeting with Niagara Parks Commission; decision on wirewalk request expected Feb. 15

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    From Bullet News Niagara:

    Wirewalker Nik Wallenda headed back home to Florida Thursday night feeling good about his meeting with Niagara Parks Commission officials.

    Of course, Nik Wallenda is pretty much always feeling good. Through this long process of trying to get permission to walk on a tightrope across the Niagara Gorge near the Horseshoe Falls, Wallenda has maintained almost unflappable composure, resolve and optimism – the kind of characteristics one might expect from someone who makes his living on a three-inch steel cable.

    “It doesn’t do any good to be negative. I’ve said all along this is my dream and I’m just going to keep on going for it. People can say no, but it just makes me want to work harder.”

    Canada nixes Wallenda’s Niagara rope walk

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    From UPI:

    Canadian officials in Niagara Falls have denied daredevil Nik Wallenda’s application to walk across the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope next summer.

    Wednesday night, the Niagara Parks Commission voted to deny a permit for the stunt, planned for June, the Toronto Star reported.

    The plan was for Wallenda to cross from Goat Island, which separates the U.S. falls and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, 1,800 feet across the gorge, on a 2-inch-wide steel cable to the Canadian side.

    Parks Commissioner Janice Thomson told the Star there are safety concerns as well as a fear it would spur unauthorized copycat stunts. She said the event also didn’t fit with long-term planning for the park region.

    Governor OKs tightrope walk over falls

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The Flying Wallenda who wants to cheat death with a tightrope walk across Niagara Falls will get his wish, at least with the blessing of New York state.

    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation today permitting Nik Wallenda’s bid to walk 1,800 feet across the falls on a two-inch wide steel cable.

    Officials on the Canadian side of the falls have yet to signal their final word on the matter.

    In an interview this afternoon shortly after his team was told Cuomo signed the bill, Wallenda said, “For me, it’s as big as it gets. There’s tears in my eyes because it’s a dream come true.”

    Wallenda said if all goes well he is looking at walking across the falls next June. He said he will wait until after upcoming elections in Canada to formally apply with Ontario parks officials. A backup plan, if Canada rejects the plan, is a walk just on the U.S. side of the falls.

    The story was reported in other places as well:

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