Sunday, November 2, 2014

Wallenda’s Walk: A Walk of Faith or Testing God

Nik Wallenda will attempt to tightrope over Chicago blindfolded today and
it will all be aired live on The Discovery Channel. (Discovery Channel)
Born a seventh –generation member of circus act, The Flying Walledas, Nik Wallenda made headline two years ago when he became the first person to walk a tightrope over Niagara Falls. The event was broadcast live on the Discovery channel. Today, he will attempt to tightrope walk over Chicago. Blindfolded.

Beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (4:00 p.m. Pacific), “Skyscraper Live with Nik Wallenda” will air in more than 220 countries on the Discovery Channel. The event will be hosted by Willie Geist, Natalie Morales (both from NBC’s “TODAY” show) and Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel.

“I’m always pushing myself both physically and emotionally. I hope to inspire people around the world and show that the impossible is not so impossible if you set your mind to it,” said the 35-year-old Wallenda in a recent press release.  “This has been a dream of mine and something that I’ve been practicing for awhile.” One would hope so.

For the first part of the tightrope crossing, Wallenda will walk uphill rising to a 15-degree angle – from the Marina City's west tower to the Leo Burnett Building at more than 50 stories high above the Chicago River.  Not only will this be the highest skyscraper walk in the history of the Flying Wallenda family, it will be the first time that he has ever attempted it at such a steep angle. As if that were not enough, he will then continue to walk blindfolded while dozens of cameras and microphones capturing every step and every phrase he utters.