Nik Wallenda Training: Day Three

Seventy (70) degrees Fahrenheit, sunny, and calm winds… another day of perfect weather for Nik Wallenda’s high-wire training at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.

Nik’s walk on June 15 will be the first time anyone has ever walked directly over the falls on a high-wire.  But other “firsts” are already happening at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.

“This is the first time in the history of wire-walking that there has been an unsuspended, unprotected wire for practicing in public,” Wallenda said.

At today’s daily press debriefing — which included reporters from New York Times Magazine and Al-Jazeera TV — we learned a bit more about Nik’s personal life:

  • Nik has walked the wire since the age of 2.  
  • Nik has a wife, Wendy, and three children — ages 14, 11, and 9.  All will join him tomorrow at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.  Nik’s children have all tried walking on high-wires, but in terms of whether or not they will follow in his footsteps: “It’s their decision whether or not they want to continue the family legacy,” he said.  “As a parent, actually, I hope not.” 
  • Nik is a very religious Christian man, and his favorite book is the Bible.  He prays before every high-wire session.  And other than spending time with his family and with God, high-wire walking is his favorite passion.
  • Hilarious Q&A exchange with a member of the public: “Do you wear anything like diapers because you’re up on the wire for so long?” “For June 15, I’ll wear Depends if they want to sponsor me.”
  • Nik’s drink of choice: unsweetened iced tea.
  • Future high-wire walks in the works: the Grand Canyon and the Continental Divide in Turkey.
  • Quote of the day: “The most important thing for me, whether I’m up on the high-wire or spending time with my family, is to focus on the moment.”

Following are photos from today’s morning session.  The final two shots are from a one-on-one interview with Al-Jazeera TV.

By senecawallenda

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