Earlier this afternoon, Nik Wallenda met with 10 media outlets from Western New York and Southern Ontario at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel to discuss final preparations for his training sessions. Here are a few interesting tidbits of information we learned:
- Nik said that with his family’s history, it’s “not our style to be tethered while walking… that’s like cheating.” He will, however, have a harness clip as a backup — meaning, should he fall (but catch himself on the rope), that clip would keep him in place until being rescued.
- Nik’s motto is “Never Give Up.” He said no matter what you’re facing in life (e.g., cancer, difficult situations, etc.), stay focused on your goals.
- What will it take to successfully cross Niagara Falls? “A lot of willpower.”
- Nik’s father offers him a “comforting voice” during trainings. “He’s the guy who will tell me to calm down when needed, and gives me a thumbs-up or thumbs-down when weather could be an issue.”
- Nik wants to hear the crowd noise as he’s practicing. “I’m an entertainer.”
- On the first day on training, guests should expect to see Nik testing and even “playing” with the rope.
- Nik goes to the gym five days a week.
- This is the first time Nik has ever had a dedicated training site (for an upcoming public walk) for an extended period of time.
- On June 15, Nik will walk directly over Niagara Falls, 60 feet up in the air. The direction between U.S. and Canada? “It all boils down to the weather that day.”