He did it! Daredevil Nik Wallenda wire walks across the Grand Canyon
Daredevil Nik Wallenda made history, becoming the first person to walk across the Grand Canyon on a wire, during the Discovery Channel’s “Skywire Live” special on Sunday hosted by Natalie Morales and Willie Geist.
It took him 22 minutes and 54 seconds to complete the feat.
“Praise God, this is awesome,” Wallenda said as soon as he stepped out.
As he walked the wire, he continued praying, asking God to help him relax while fighting the heavy wind gust, which just before the walk clocked in at 48 miles per hour midwire.
“Winds are way worse than I expected,” Wallenda said while walking. When told to relax by his father, Wallenda responded, “Kind of hard to relax when you’re 1500 feet above the ground.”
Later, he added, “Joe Cool ain’t so cool right now.”
At about 13 minutes in, Wallenda had to stop and sit on the wire to steady himself to get the bounce out of the wire that resulted from the wind.
Just before his stunt, Wallenda had preacher Joel Osteen with him to offer spiritual support and lead prayer with the family. Wallenda spoke to Geist and Morales about his state of mind.
“I’m feeling very excited,” he said. “This is a dream come true. Ever since I was a teenager and the first time I visited the Grand Canyon I wanted to cross it.”
Video: Wire walker Nik Wallenda will risk life and limb in an attempt to walk across the Grand Canyon Sunday.
It was 1,500 feet straight down on either side and 1,400 feet across on a 2-inch-thick, 8 and a half ton steel cable to record-setting glory for Wallenda, 34, a seventh-generation member of the famous “Flying Wallendas” family.
“A lot of it is the mental preparation,’’ Wallenda said on TODAY Friday. “As I come out here, my heart’s beating with excitement because this is a dream becoming reality. There will be nerves right before the walk for sure, but some of the greatest entertainers in the world, the best entertainers in the world, get nervous before they go on stage. This just happens to be a very unique stage.”