The Flying Wallendas brave the sky in New York in a daring, never before attempted stunt to cross a 1,300ft high-voltage set of 25 floors over two skyscrapers in Times Square.
If all goes well, it will be an incredible comeback for daredevil Nik Wallenda and his sister Lijana after she had a catastrophic fall during a high wire stunt in 2017 and broke every bone in her face and sustained additional injury to her ribs and foot.
Around 9:20, Nik Wallenda took the first steps in the gravity-defying act, and Lijana followed soon after marking her first stunt since the 2017 accident, singing hymns as she went.
Nik got out full of confidence, while Lijana was delayed a little and nipped a nervous glance at her safety gear.
In the stunt, Nik and Lijana wear safety harnesses – something that Nik usually opposes – while crossing the wire that is only three-fourths of a centimeter wide, the same width of a quarter.
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.
Lijana continued to complete the solo and she sang hymns for herself to overcome the sound of her shaky, uncomfortable breathing. She heard herself tell inspiring messages, such as & # 39; fear will not overcome me & # 39 ;.
The Flying Wallendas, consisting of brothers and sisters Nik and Lijana Wallenda, cross a 1,300ft high-voltage cable between two skyscrapers in Times Square
The stunt started around 9.20pm with Nik putting the first steps on the wire
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
The dangerous crossing: Lijana slowly dropped to the wire as Nik stepped over her
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
& # 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; Running 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.
It was a historic stunt for the Wallendas, who have not done such a daring act since the Lijana accident in 2017
In the stunt, they cross a quarter of a height of 1,300 ft high wire set 25 floors high over two skyscrapers in Times Square
Nik started the walk and said: & # 39; If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. & # 39;
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.
After the incident, Nik is more than happy to wear safety harnesses.
& # 39; Especially in this situation, with my sister involved, I feel it is very important, & # 39; he said The wrap. & # 39; With everything she has experienced and that near-fatal accident she experienced a few years ago and in which we were all involved, I think it's only important. & # 39;
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
& # 39; To be honest, I don't think I'd allow her to do this – not that I'm in control of her, but I just wouldn't be comfortable & he said. & # 39; And I feel like I would be stupid at the time. So for this it was a little easier to satisfy than normal, although it is not my favorite situation, it is not the ideal situation. & # 39;
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.
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