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On the Wire – Nik Did It!

Tonight, Friday, June 15, the nation’s eyes will be on daredevil Nik Wallenda as he attempts to make history as the first person to successfully tightrope walk over Niagara Falls.

MY REACTION: 10:47 p.m.

WOW — what a rush to watch him walk through that mist!! And the wind hitting from every angle! Whoa. What an inspiration listening to his father talk him through every step of the way and hearing Nik call on Sweet Jesus, giving all glory to the Lord.

Moral of the Story? Go forth and CONQUER!

Since first stepping on a wire when he was two years old, Wallenda has earned six Guinness World Records, the latest of which came in October 2008. That’s when, 20 stories over the streets of Newark, N.J., he traveled the longest distance and the greatest height by bicycling 150 feet across a wire.

Doug Benz

Normally, Wallenda doesn’t wear a harness, but tonight’s TV sponsors insisted that they would not support the stunt unless he is strapped in. Wallenda said he only agreed because he was not willing to lose the chance and needed the sponsorship money to help offset some of the $1.3 million cost of the spectacle. However, Wallenda does have a clause in his contract stating that if the harness interferes in any way with his walk, he will remove it.

ABC will air the high-level event, but thousands of Americans and Canadians will also be standing by to watch the death-defying stunt live in living color. There will be a short delay, just in case Wallenda fails and falls into the Falls.

A seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas, Nik said we might see tears in his eyes as he starts his walk across the Falls — but not because he is scared! He’ll be happy because he will be making his dream come true, walking over water on a two-inch wire!

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