The famous American tightrope walker Nick Vallenda (Nik Wallenda) went over Niagara Falls on the rope, stretched at a height of 50 meters. One end of the rope was secured to the United States, the other – in Canada. Kanatahodtsu had to overcome on the path of the raging waters of a length of 550 meters, that it took him almost half an hour.
The authorities of both countries were allowed to violate the ban, which exists to carry out these tricks over Niagara Falls for hereditary, who got six times in the Guinness Book of Records. Thus, Nick Vallenda became the first man in 128 years to cross the waterfall in so risky way.
1. . To trick Vallenda prepared for two weeks in same conditions close to real masimalno: an artificial wind and water spray from a fire engine. To meet the requirements of the sponsor the event, the American television channel ABC, Vallende had to break a family tradition to perform all the tricks without insurance.
2. For a century the intersection of Niagara Falls on a rope or cable has been prohibited by law and those who have tried to do it, were finishing their “campaign” in prison. Nick Vallende achieved permit of the stunt by the governments of USA and Canada. This was facilitated by the fact that the city of Niagara Falls has lost half its population, and the Niagara Falls ceased to attract the attention of tourists. Thus, it matched the interests of business and a passion for the diabolical Nick Vallendy risk.
3. A few words about that brave. He was 33 years old, he was a representative of the seventh generation of the famous “flying Vallend” – acrobats from around the world. Nick was only two years old when he first walked across the wire. And he saw in Niagara Falls for 6 years. One of the pioneers of “flying Vallend” Nick’s grandfather, Carl Vallenda said: “Life is just a wire – everything else is just waiting.” Carl Vallenda died in 1978, when he fell from the wire in San Juan. His wife is also an acrobat Vallendy and also walks on the wire. They have three children, but Nick does not want to walk in his footsteps. So kids just cheer her father’s cries. All of them and their mother were present at the transition of Nick Vallendoy Niagara Falls.
4. In any case, the transmission channel ABC led with a delay compared with the real time for a few seconds. Nobody, not even Nick Vallenda immune from the fall. And his wife says: We go over the wire, and if we fall, we die. TV Guide has demanded that Vallenda to put on during the transition falls belay leash. He has long resisted this condition, because never before in his life, neither he nor his ancestors did not use any means of a safety. Even his wife was against it: “This is the same as if suddenly Madonna starts singing to the sound recording.” However, the FAA insisted on his condition.
5. In “Twitter” during the transition, which took only 20 or so minutes, received 353 thousand posts, approximately 14 thousand messages per minute. When he graduated from Vallenda transition, he said that he was going in a few years to go on a rope thrown over the Grand Canyon.
6. During the 550-meter path, there is hedging rescue helicopter and a group of scuba divers were present. Vallenda was wearing a special non-slip suede moccasins with soles made by his mother. During the whole “journey” Vallenda used a wireless device maintained contact with his father – also with renowned tightrope walkers – who corrected and encouraged him. In addition, he managed to even answer reporters’ questions.
7. Falls on the Niagara River, along which water flowing into Lake Erie Lake Ontario was the most powerful in North America. The height of drop of water is 52 meters, and flow rate is 1833 cubic meters per second.
8. The first in the 1859 the famous French circus tightrope walker, Jean-Francois Gravle passed Niagara. He has surprised the audience “walks” over the waterfall, executing all sorts of tricks, none of which he repeated twice. So, once he carried on the shoulders of his manager. The last time was a tightrope walker over Niagara Falls in 1910. However, it Vallenda was the first who made the transition to such a short distance from the falls.
9. The intersection of Niagara Falls Watched by more than 13 million viewers. It was also a record. Among the spectators was a couple of Lori Martin and Steve Trotter.Unlike other spectators wore their interest historic character. The fact that 17 years ago, they also defeated the Niagara Falls in a barrel. And they stayed alive. My question: “How do they react to trick Vallendy?” – Mrs. Martin said that their adventure took place when they were tipsy after drinking tequila. Then, having got out of the barrel, Trotter and Martin went to prison, stayed for 4 days.