Nik Wallenda has revealed how he upset & # 39; upset & # 39; was when his balance stick slipped during a high-raid walk with his sister above New York Times Square.
Nik and Lijana Wallenda spoke on ABC & # 39; s & # 39; Good Morning America & # 39 ;, only a few hours after their harrowing performance.
The seemingly fearless brother and sister duo, known as the Flying Wallendas, defied gravity in a daring, never-before-attempted stunt in which they had successfully crossed a 1,300-ft high-voltage set with 25 floors over two New York skyscrapers in Times Square, all without a safety net.
Nik Wallenda said the shock occurred when his sister knelt so he could step over her while crossing paths over 25 floors above the sidewalk (as shown above)
Nik Wallenda said the shock came when his sister knelt, so that he could step over her as they crossed paths that were 25 floors above the sidewalk.
Wallenda's comments came when it became known that the TV ratings for the stunt were considerably lower than his 2012 special at ABC, which showed him a high thread across Niagara Falls.
The ratings for ABC & # 39; s & # 39; Highwire Live in Times Square with Nik Wallenda & # 39; were 5.2 million viewers.
Wallenda & # 39; s special in 2012 on ABC, & # 39; Megastunts: Highwire About Niagara Falls – Live & # 39 ;, saw 10,260 million viewers tune in total.
& # 39; My pole started to slide down, & # 39; Nik Wallenda said, adding that he lost his grip. & # 39; It made me a little crazy & # 39; – although his voice and facial expression remained calm during sounding close-ups on television
Around 9:20 PM on Sunday, Nik Wallenda took the first steps in the gravity-defying act and Lijana soon followed her first stunt following an accident in 2017, singing hymns as she went
& # 39; My pole started to slide down, & # 39; he said, adding that he lost his grip. & # 39; It made me a little crazy & # 39; – although his voice and facial expression remained calm during sounding close-ups on television.
Lijana Wallenda played with him for the first time since she was almost fatal in 2017 when she made a catastrophic fall during a high-wire stunt in 2017 and broke all the bones in her face and sustained additional injury to her ribs and foot.
In the 2017 incident, Lijana tried to perform an eight-person pyramid stunt during a Circus Sarasota rehearsal when she and four other artists fell 40 feet on the ground.
Around 9:20 PM on Sunday, Nik Wallenda took the first steps in the gravity-defying act, and Lijana soon followed her first stunt since the 2017 accident, singing hymns as she went.
She admitted that she & # 39; was a little shaky in the legs & # 39; felt during the first 20 feet.
Crowds watch as Nik Wallenda and Lijana Wallenda cross Times Square on a high wire strung between two skyscrapers 25 floors above the sidewalk
Aerialist Lijana Wallenda walks on a high wire above Times Square, June 23, in New York
But & # 39; it will be home & # 39 ;, she said. & # 39; This is what I have done all my life. … it's peaceful. & # 39;
Lijana Wallenda said she could stop walking after her traumatic fall, but & # 39; I wouldn't be surprised by that fear. & # 39;
She is & # 39; living proof & # 39; that everyone can step out of their comfort zone and overcome their own fears, her brother said.
In the stunt, Nik and Lijana wore safety harnesses – something that Nik usually thwarts – while braving the wire that is only three-fourths of an inch wide, the same width of a quarter.
The Flying Wallendas, consisting of brothers and sisters Nik and Lijana Wallenda, made history on Sunday when they successfully crossed a 1300ft long high-voltage line between two skyscrapers in Times Square
The two started at opposite ends of the wire and slowly and steadily made their way to the center to meet. Lijana was on the small line when her brother Nik crossed her before she got up again and continued the walk.
In 26 minutes, Nik successfully reached the other end of the line, while his sister stayed behind. The duo estimated that it would take 20 to 30 minutes to finish the thread.
Despite the nerves and the noise, Lijana came to the end of the goal after 36 minutes as the winner.
Finally she came to the other side and her perilous face was replaced by a radiant smile when she met her brother and shared a warm hug.
The stunt started on Sunday around 9:20 PM with Nik taking the first steps
& # 39; I knew that I would come up again. It's my life. It is my passion, & Lijana said on ABC in an interview broadcast for her walk.
& # 39; This is who I am. This is what I love. sometimes it's still difficult. I sometimes doubt. But I fully trust in God and believe that he has given me the mental strength, & she added.
Before she left for Lijana, she said she was nervous about her ankle – the same one who was injured in the fall – and said he was a bit swollen after walking around the city in a staggering pre-stunt interview.
When asked why she had the guts to walk away again, she said: & # 39; Walking on the wire is my passion. But I lost that bit and forgot who I was after the fall … And I finally remembered who I was throughout this training. & # 39;
& # 39; I knew I had to continue, and boy, I am so glad I did, & # 39; she added.
Lijana nervously followed her brother on the discouraging thread. It is her first stunt since her catastrophic accident in 2017 where she fell while performing a human pyramid and broke all bones in her face
Do not look down! The two tried to ignore the blaring billboard ads and the noise of the crowds among them as they walked towards each other
Before Nik and Lijana went to the wire, they waved to fans and received a prayer from Pastor Joel Osteen.
The Wallendas come from a long family of acrobats that date back to the late 1700s.
Their first stunt in the US was in 1928 at Madison Square Garden.
Nik Wallenda currently has several Guinness World Records and is best known for crossing the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls while dangerously balancing on a tight-wire.
Just earlier this week, Lijana shared images of her horrific injuries from the 2017 injuries, showing her bloated face of her broken bones and her broken ribs and foot.
Prior to Sunday's act, she said she had rehearsed the 1300ft hike 25 times through windy conditions and even thrown pine cones at her to prepare her for the Times Square diversion.
After conquering Times Square, Nik Wallenda says that he is his & # 39; active volcano & # 39; has an eye on it.
Continue: After Nik walked over Lijana, she picked herself up from the wire and continued to walk steadily on the thin wire
The center: the two started on both sides and met in the middle where Nik Lijana crosses while sitting on the wire
Nik finished his walk at 26 minutes and Lijana stayed behind for about 10 minutes and finished after 36 minutes
Made it! Lijana began to shine when she made it close to the finish line and overcame her nerves to perform a never-before-completed stunt that will appear in the history books
& # 39; I knew that I would come up again. It's my life. It is my passion, & Lijana said for her walk. On the photo pictured successfully reaching the other end and waving at the adoring crowd
After Lijana reached the other side, she shared a warm hug with her brother
One for the books! Lijana and Nik portrayed with their family while Pastor Joel Osteen prayed for them before their walk
Lijana photographed backstage before the Highwire Live showed up with her son on Sunday
The preparation: Lijana stretches out in a crack before he goes on the wire
Nik also made sure that he stretched out for the death witness stunt
A supportive family: the brothers and sisters depicted smiling for the adrenaline-pumping action
In the stunt, they cross a quarter-meter 100-meter high-rise set of 25 floors high over two skyscrapers in Times Square. a close up of the wire arrangement pictured above
Lijana Wallenda & # 39; s horrific injuries after she fell 40 feet from a high wire in Sarasota in 2017, breaking every bone in her face. She had to have 72 pins in place to reconstruct it
Lijana had to have 72 pins in her face and a pair in her foot. One of her X rays is displayed
The actor also broke a bone in her left upper arm. It is shown in an X-Ray above
Lijana is practiced for the strike of Sunday & # 39; s Times Square with her brother Nik. She said she was nervous in the clip because the wire moved a lot
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