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Aerialist Walks on Tightrope Across Gorge Near Grand Canyon

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June 24, 2013 1:31 PM
American daredevil Nik Wallenda successfully walks across a section of the Grand Canyon.
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American daredevil Nik Wallenda has successfully walked across a section of gorge near the Grand Canyon on a five-centimeter steel cable.
 
The self-described "King of the High Wire" finished the amazing stunt more than 450 meters above the Little Colorado River in just under 23 minutes. 
 
Wallenda crossed the Little Colorado River Gorge Sunday without a tether or a safety net as winds whipped around him and caused the cable to sway. He is very open about his strong Christian faith and could be heard praying almost constantly throughout the walk.  
 
Wallenda kissed the ground when he reached the other side as spectators cheered.
 
The Discovery Channel broadcast the thrilling stunt live around the world. 
 
The 34-year-old Wallenda is a member of the "Flying Wallendas'' family of acrobats, which goes back seven generations. Several of his family members, including his great-grandfather, have died while performing stunts. 
 
Last year, Wallenda made history by becoming the only person to walk on a high wire over the Niagara Falls.

  • Aerialist Nik Wallenda near the end of his quarter mile walk over the Little Colorado River Gorge in northeastern Arizona, June 23, 2013. 
  • Daredevil Nik Wallenda gives a thumbs-up sign as he nears the end of his treacherous walk across a remote gorge near the Grand Canyon.
  • Aerialist Nik Wallenda, left, is welcomed by his wife, Erendira, after walking a 2-inch-thick steel cable over the Little Colorado River Gorge, June 23, 2013. 
  • The daredevil successfully traversed the tightrope strung 1,500 feet above a chasm near the Grand Canyon in just more than 22 minutes, pausing and crouching twice as winds whipped around him.
  • Aerialist Nik Wallenda kisses the ground after walking a 2-inch-thick steel cable that took him a quarter mile over the Little Colorado River Gorge. 
  • Daredevil Nik Wallenda gestures during a news conference after completing his tightrope walk across a chasm near the Grand Canyon.

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