Nik Wallenda Discusses Final Training Preparations with the Media


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.”


By senecawallenda

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