NIAGARA FALLS, — When Nik Wallenda sets out for his tightrope walk over Niagara Falls late Friday, he’ll be adding another chapter to his family’s storied daredevil history which dates back more than two centuries. Wallenda has said he is disappointed he is being made to wear a tether by the event’s sponsor, ABC, since his family has performed over the years without such safety precautions.
All signs are pointing to "go" for Nik Wallenda's dramatic attempt tonight to become the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
Crowds are beginning to gather for a good viewing spot for the spectacle. The Niagara Parks Commission estimates that the Canadian side of the Falls could be jammed with 120,000 people by the time the slow-moving action gets underway.
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Wallenda told CTV this morning that he's ready for the historic walk and feels like "a kid on Christmas morning."
If he's successful, Wallenda would become the first tightrope walker to do his thing over the base of the Falls. Several others have crossed over the Niagara Gorge just downstream from the Falls more than a century ago.
In the last few days, the 33-year-old daredevil has been practising his craft and overseeing the installation of a five-centimetre-wide steel wire cable that has been strung 60 metres above the churning waters.
Tonight's weather forecast for Niagara Falls calls for clear skies and a temperature of around 20 C at the scheduled walk time. But since he'll be so close to the plunging waters, he'll likely have to deal with misty conditions.
Wallenda, who hails from a long line of high-wire artists, will begin his 500-metre-long stroll from the American side shortly after 10 p.m. ET tonight.
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