Tightrope Walker Nik Wallenda’s To Walk…
NIK WALLENDA TO WEAR BLINDFOLD FOR PORTION OF TIGHTROPE WALK!
SKYSCRAPER LIVE WITH NIK WALLENDA to air Live in More Than 220 Countries Beginning at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT, Sunday, Nov. 2 on the Discovery Channel
He’s known as “The King of the Highwire,” and there’s a very good reason for that — though some people might say he’s a little crazy, especially after reading about his latest tightrope walking challenge that is about to happen a few days from now.
Christian tightrope walker Nik Wallenda recently announced that he is planning to walk a portion of the tightrope walk over the Chicago skyline wearing a blindfold. The broadcast, called SKYSCRAPER LIVE WITH NIK WALLENDA, will air live around the world in more than 220 countries beginning at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT, Sunday, November 2, on the Discovery Channel.
NBC News’ Willie Geist, Natalie Morales and The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore will host it.
According to the press release:
“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. “This has been a dream of mine and something that I’ve been practicing for a while.”
For the first part of the tightrope crossing, Wallenda will walk further than two city blocks – uphill rising to a 15-degree angle – from the iconic 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.
Wow. This guy does not have a boring day job. He is basically all of the “Inspiration” posters found in office cubicles all rolled up into one person.
The press release continues:
Nik will then be blindfolded for the second part of the tightrope walk, which will span from the Marina City’s west tower to the east tower. Dozens of cameras will be positioned across the city and on helicopters – capturing every step as Wallenda attempts to cross one of the windiest sections of Chicago.
“For both parts of the tightrope walk, I’m going to face challenges like I’ve never experienced before,” Wallenda said. “I’ll not only need incredible physical strength to complete this walk, but laser-focused concentration. I’m incredibly excited to show the world what you can do if you put your mind to it, pursue your dreams and never give up.”
Nik Wallenda is also an outspoken Christian who, in the past, has used these opportunities to share his faith with millions of viewers. In this jaw-dropping case, where he’s walking across skyscrapers blindfolded, he is a living, breathing parable for the truth that “we walk by faith, not by sight.”
If you’re not in the neighborhood of Chicago on Sunday, you can watch the event online at SkyscraperLive.com.
As Discovery Channel explains:
Available in 60 countries and 14 languages, the site will bring viewers from around the world to Chicago. Fans can join Nik on his training journey through the ‘Road to Skyscraper’ video series and take the walk for themselves with the 360 virtual walk and 3-D interactive experience. With additional camera angles from the walk and a live backstage pre-show with host Chris Jacobs, SkyscraperLive.com will take online viewers behind-the-scenes as Wallenda attempts his most thrilling high wire walk yet.
I don’t know about you, but I am going to be praying for Nik’s safety this Sunday. Hopefully the Windy City is not too windy this weekend!