Monday, June 24, 2013

Nik Wallenda thanks Jesus, the Lord 100-plus times as he tightrope walks across the Grand Canyon

If you think that someone tightrope-walking across the Grand Canyon might place a little faith in God, you'd be right. Nik Wallenda, 34, the self-described "King of the Wire," did just that on Sunday, but was wired for both sound and video and as such viewers -- it was broadcast live -- got to see and hear him cross the gap.

Wallenda was 1,500 feet above the floor of the Grand Canyon. Perched on a two-inch-wide cable, it took him 22 minutes to cross the 1,400 foot gap. The event was broadcast live on the Discovery network's "Skywire" show.

Wallenda is the first to cross the Grand Canyon. He made the walk sans a tether or safety net, as he is wont to do.

On June 15, 2012, he was also the first person to walk a tightrope stretched directly over Niagara Falls.

Wallenda stopped and crouched down twice during his walk. The first time he stopped due to the wind. The second time he stopped because the cable had picked up a nerve-racking rhythm.

During his walk, Wallenda could be heard praying nearly constantly, saying either "Thank you, Jesus" or " Thank you, Lord." According to a rough count by TMZ, Wallenda thanked Jesus 63 times, and "the Lord" 39 times.

Nik Wallenda is a seventh-generation member of the "Flying Wallendas" family of acrobats. He said: "It was a dream come true. This is what my family has done for 200 years, so it's part of my legacy.

A shakycam video of the entire walk -- likely to be taken down -- is available here.

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