Nik Wallenda Discusses Final Training Preparations with the Media

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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.”

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