Niagara walker to ditch his safety harness
A tightrope walker who crossed the Niagara Falls is to attempt a new feat – this time without the safety harness that caused some people to belittle his previous stunt. Nik Wallenda’s latest challenge, which is scheduled to go ahead on August 9, is to cross a 450-metre (1,500ft) tightrope suspended 30 metres (100 ft) above a beach in Atlantic City.
The 33-year-old US high-wire artist aims to complete the feat in less than 30 minutes.In his highly-publicised event on June 15, Wallenda walked across a cable suspended above the Niagara Falls.He was cheered on by thousands of supporters on either side of the US-Canadian border.
But some people sought to diminish that feat.They pointed out that as Wallenda had been wearing a safety harness he could not have come to any real harm.The acrobat said he only wore the harness at the insistence of ABC, the American cable channel that televised the event.Wallenda hails from a famous family of circus performers who have astonished audiences around the world with their jaw-dropping stunts.At least three of his relatives have died attempting dangerous feats.
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