Nik Wallenda has done it.
The daredevil has become the first person to ever walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
Thousands of spectators gathered at the falls last night and millions more were watching on TV as Wallenda crossed about 200 feet in the air on a 2-inch-wide high wire strung over the roaring waters of Horseshoe Falls.
Wallenda crossed the waters and made his final steps into Canada just 25 minutes after he began his journey across the high wire.
After he greeted his wife and family, Wallenda was met by customs agents, who asked him for his passport, which he presented to them.
“No, I’m not carrying anything over. I promise,” he said.
“What is the purpose of your trip sir?” the agent asked.
“To inspire people around the world,” Wallenda said.
What was the biggest challenge? The mist and winds, Wallenda said.
“It’s all about the concentration, the focus, and it all goes back to the training,” he said.
“I’m grinning from ear to ear because I can see I’m here. I made it,” he added.
Other daredevils have crossed over the Niagara River itself, but never directly over the falls.
I’m really glad he made it. It was scary to watch, but it’s an accomplishment Nik Wallenda will be able to tell his grandchildren about!
Check out his historic journey below.
- Niagara Falls tightrope walk: Nik Wallenda succeeds (guardian.co.uk)
- Nik Wallenda completes tightrope walk across Niagara Falls (dawn.com)
- Daredevil Nik Wallenda crosses Niagara Falls on tightrope (usatoday.com)