Tight Rope Walker Goes to New Heights

January 20, 2011

You may recognize the name, but, maybe not the person. He is the latest in a long line of famous aerial acrobatics. My TV 20's Dave Leval caught up with him near Detroit today, as he promotes his latest death defying stunt.

Nik Wallenda is known for walking a fine line. That's not really surprising for a decendant of famed tight-rope walker Karl Wallenda. Nik is just carrying on the family tradition.

Nik Wallenda/Tight Rope Walker
"I started walking the fire when I was four years old, I've trained for every element there is."

That recently paid off for the world record holder.

Nik Wallenda
"Couple of weeks ago I was walking in the rain in Pittsburgh, it's kind of what we do."

That was a 1,000 foot walk above the Allegheny River. Wallenda is getting ready to do what he does at what many people consider America's best amusement park. He will walk across the cable that supports the Sky Cable at Cedar Point.

"There's a few challenges there. It's a longer diameter cable, little grease on it, which I'm not used to, or accustomed to."

But Wallenda will still try to cross it the same way he performs all his other feats, without a harness or safety net. Wallenda tells us he's trying to reach a new generation of fans.

"They don't recognize the name. Kind of my goal is to get that name back out there."

Wallenda is going to great lengths and heights to make that happen. In Southfield, Dave Leval, My TV 20 News at 10.

Wallenda will attempt his latest feat Sunday at Cedar Point. Detroit is where Wallenda decided to follow in the family business.

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