Nik Wallenda describes tightrope walk over Florida highway
Daredevil completes stunt in hometown
- Duration 3:19
- Date Jan 30, 2013
Daredevil completes stunt in hometown
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-- he calls himself the king of the wire.
And this is why daredevil -- will end up walking a high wire 200 feet above the highway in Sarasota Florida.
And -- this is yesterday.
We -- all of this as it unfolded -- -- joins me now and -- skip -- -- -- there at the end.
And Sarasota hometown of the final Lynda Stanley nick welcome good data here today I don't know what -- yesterday -- So -- pat how was it up there.
You know like there is.
Bit more wind and I was hoping for I'm being told of gusts of up to 35 miles per hour now.
And a steady rain or wind around 25 to thirty miles per hour so little more than I had hoped for but.
All's well that ends well here I am talking to you this morning.
Yeah you know at at the biggest question I have -- -- watching -- this is you know how do you maintain the focus and what do you do.
Inside your -- -- what's what's your practice when you feel like you're losing -- focus.
You know this is something and I've done my entire life has -- walking or the age of two and 34 -- -- their first 32 years I've been walking -- wire.
So it's something that comes very natural to me actually becomes dangerous at times because you can become so complacent that it's just second nature.
And that's when something will come up to -- you -- big gust or wind or the cable moving underneath your feet so.
Those are the things that help.
Me keep my focus our windows those things -- -- gust of wind or something it's kind of a wake up call say -- Europe on a wire and you need be careful what's the scariest moment that you had.
You know it's the scariest moment I had was when I was breaking world -- in Newark, New Jersey on a bicycle on a wire and two record was for distance -- about 235 feet across and there was this large dip in the middle of the wire.
And on the way up -- the back -- -- certainly stand and I.
Sort of I didn't didn't so much -- -- -- didn't know what I was gonna do in order to get in in -- of having to back up and get some momentum and then make it all the way and that's probably the scariest moment I've had my career.
It Sarasota obviously has a lot of meaning for your family -- net.
It does this is where I was born and raised and this was really about the community and also being featured in a show right here in town called circus or -- through February 15.
So that was of some of someone of the purpose but it was really about this city this is a circus community.
A Circuit City and it was about giving back to some a community it's been so supportive of me throughout my entire career.
He talked about your grandfather had that you basically interviewed the whole way across which astounds me because I would think it up to be concentrating so hard.
They couldn't chit chat you walking across -- your blue jeans and talked a little bit about your grandfather who who was killed walking walking a tight rope -- Belinda.
That's right in 1978 he was walking between two buildings and Juan Puerto Rico and the cables actually rigged improperly and he sat down on the wire and lost his balance and eventually and fell to the ground and lost his life something -- me and my mom actually went back and re created in 2011 which was -- a huge honor but everything that I do is really to pay tribute to my ancestors and as I was up there.
You know saying that I think you'd be proud -- me to do this in his hometown.
He would probably be run in circles around me and I guarantee he would sit on his head halfway across so could just tell him for you know the amazing thing that he was.
Thank you so much negative fantastic family business and you have a lot of entitlement rightfully south -- -- our policies and --