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I was not scared at all.
– Nik Wallenda
My great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, was my biggest hero in life, my biggest inspiration behind everything I do.
We train very hard under windy conditions. I’ve actually walked a wire in my backyard with 90-mile-an-hour winds.
It’s about carrying on the legacy and doing something I love and have a passion for.
If you think you can fall, you’re more likely to.
I feel like I’m on cloud nine right now.
I’m facing Niagara Falls – the wind and the mist and the dark and the peregrine falcons – and I’m going to stay focused on the other side.
A lot of praying helped me a lot.
I have permits to be the first person in the world to walk across the Grand Canyon so that’s a process we’ll start working on. I’d say within three to five years I’ll accomplish that as well.
One of the things I enjoy is the challenge of Mother Nature.
The mist was so challenging and the winds hit me, definitely more than I expected. It was definitely those winds, you can’t re-enact them, you can’t recreate them. Then my forearms started to tense up and you feel like running.
I have never in my life walked with a harness. The weight of the tether, makes it feel like I’m dragging an anchor behind me.
It’s Niagara Falls. It’s one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. Who wouldn’t want to walk across it?
Every walk that I do, there’s obstacles in the way. There’s always somebody or something that comes across negative, but I live for that sort of thing.
I’m often very relaxed when I’m on the wire. There may be some tears because this is a dream of mine.
I’m one of those people who always tries to overachieve. I want to do more. I want to do bigger things.
I am so blessed. How blessed I am to have the life that I have.
There was no way to focus on the movement of the cable. If I looked down at the cable there was water moving everywhere. And if I looked up there was heavy mist blowing in front of my face. So it was a very unique, a weird sensation.
I’d love to come to Australia. I’d love to walk about the Sydney Opera House.
I do everything I do to pay tribute to my great-grandfather.
I’ve trained all my life not to be distracted by distractions.
That mist was thick. It was hard to see at times. The wind was wild. It’d come at me one way and hit me from the front, and hit me from the back.
One thing that was passed on from generation to generation in my family, over seven generations in 200 years, was never give up. That’s the way we live.
The impossible is not quite impossible if you put your mind to it.
I hope what I do and what I just did inspires people around the world to reach for the skies.
If you take suede leather and put it on a piece of steel, and put moisture on it, it actually sticks.