Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk over Niagara Falls

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  1. Badams

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  2. 4rkidz

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    there has been all sorts of rumours about financial concerns.. also annoyed people because the sponsors or authorities are requiring him to wear a harness and the tradition of the infamous Wallenda tradition is to always do it without but apparently he has no choice..:blah:
     
  3. Badams

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    Yeah, he's not happy about the harness. But since they aren't having much luck actually getting the wire across the falls, I'd hate to think about the struggle to rescue him if something went wrong!
     
  4. 4rkidz

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    but would make for interesting viewing :shuffle: :rofl: actually i would make it part of the deal that there is no rescue - as seriously not fair to put lives at risk.. hence I think he should be allowed to go with no harness.. not that I think I could watch though :eek:
     
  5. Cachoo

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    Let him go without a harness--if he dies he is doing exactly what he wants to be doing when his life ends. He knows the risks more than anyone. If he does proceed he should make it clear that he does not want rescuers to put themselves in harms way to save him if he falls since he made the decision not to use the harness. Now will the rescue crews obey?
     
  6. vesperholly

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    The Falls area search and rescue teams are excellent, by sad circumstance.
     
  7. duane

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    I still remember Karl Wallenda falling to his death back in 1978. Not at all interested in seeing this.
     
  8. skatingfan5

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    I'm old enough to remember the horrible fall (while he was part of the 7-person pyramid) more than a decade earlier which killed 2 members of his family and paralyzed another. :(
     
  9. Gazpacho

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    Did anyone see the documentary about the guy who tightroped across the World Trade Center Towers? It won an Oscar in the documentary category a few years ago.

    At one point, he even started dancing on the rope! :yikes:
     
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    Yes, that was Man on Wire about Philippe Petit and it was a very, very absorbing documentary. His actual walk across the WTC towers was astounding, but all his preparations and the logistics of actually setting it up were fascinating as well.
     
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    Man on Wire was great. And that guy is bonafide crazy. I can't imagine doing that. He was up there for what, 40 minutes or so? Yikes.
     
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    As am I.
    I understand the tradition of which he is a part; still, I prefer not to watch, if he attempts this.
     
  13. Badams

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    About an hour and 15 min and he's going across, anybody watching?
     
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    I just don't know if I can watch! :scream:
     
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    I'm watching. But I will change it if anything goes wrong. I honestly hope he's successful and accomplishes his dream.
     
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    Is that cable attached to him enough to keep him alive in case something goes wrong?
     
  17. Badams

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    Yes. The sponsers made him wear it. Holy hell...he's into the mist. Goodluck to him!
     
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    My husband has it on right now. I want to smack the commentators. They are just filling dead time and trying to make it more suspenseful. STFU :rolleyes:
     
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    It's amazing, seeing him up there so tiny compared to those falls.
     
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    Yay! He did it!
     
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    We were at a circus where small circus performer kids fell and were paralyzed. Our youngest was about six and fortunately couldn't figure everything out.
     
  22. HeatherC

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    Oh my God that was stressful! I was just at the falls in May and just standing NEAR the horseshoe part was powerful and overwhelming! What an amazing (and maybe slightly stupid :lol: ) accomplishment. Good job buddy and thanks for not falling!! ;) :cheer:
     
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    Remarkable! He made it look so easy.
     
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    :( Were they permanently paralyzed?

    This is awful to say, but I didn't watch the Niagara walk but probably would have watched if it had been untethered. With the tether, the only thing on the line (pardon the pun) is his reputation.

    For the record, I am VERY VERY GLAD that he was required to wear the tether. I am also very impressed that he can walk a rope like that with the wind and water in the background.

    But there's something about Philippe Petit's clandestine not-made-for-TV stunt that makes me like Petit more than Wallenda.
     
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    That made for intense viewing. But, wow, he really did make it look easy. With all the water on the wire when he was in the "wet zone," I can't imagine how he had any traction on the wire at all. I think that was the part where he was doing the most praying, right?

    Very happy that he was successful and made his dream come true. :cheer2:

    Oh, and I was glad that ABC made him wear the harness .. it would have been just too awful if he had fallen to his death in front of his wife and children.
     
  26. BigB08822

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    Not that I ever wanted him to fall but what is the point of doing this if he is wearing a wire? It just doesn't make sense. It feels like airing the practice runthroughs at the Olympics only and then doing the competition in secret. When they decided to make him wear a wire they should have decided this wasn't worth putting on television at all. They should have done it on a tape delay so they could cut out if something went wrong.
     
  27. Gazpacho

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    His shoes were specially designed to give more traction on wet wire.

    Part of me was actually hoping he'd slip--with the tether of course--so people wouldn't be tempted to copycat him without a tether.

    This isn't the documentary that won the Oscar, but it is a very interesting clip about Philippe Petit's World Trade Center tightrope walk.
     
  28. duane

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    I think Karl Wallenda is turning in his grave. Death-defying acts are what made the Wallendas, and being tethered isn't death-defying.
     
  29. vesperholly

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    It was either go across tethered or don't go at all.
     
  30. Stormy

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    I'm glad it was that way. What if he really had fallen? Do however many millions of people watching REALLY want to see someone fall to their death? WTF? I'd be traumatized.