Nik Wallenda walks across Niagara Falls, next the Grand Canyon

Nik Wallenda walks across Niagara Falls, next the Grand Canyon

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by NBC / Jay Gray

WCNC.com

Posted on June 16, 2012 at 1:58 PM

NIAGARA FALLS -- History was made over Niagara Falls Friday night.

Nik Wallenda took a step in the record books by crossing the falls on a high-wire.The anticipation gave way to quick applause, and then a nervous silence, as Nik Wallenda stepped out and onto the 1,800 foot-two inch round cable stretched across the falls.

He stood 250 feet above the raging waters with the wind and mist adding to the difficulty and danger. Wallenda carefully put one foot in front of the other.

"I think it was awesome. This guy is out of his mind and I'm proud of him. If I was his mother I'd cry all the way home. This guy's cool," said Debbie Ailinger a spectator.

Wallenda paused at times and shifted the pole he carried to maintain his balance.

"It was a little nerve wracking though, wondering if he was going to make it," said Holly Parlavecchio.

It seemed nerve wracking for everyone but Wallenda who kept a steady pace despite taking a pounding from the water directly over the falls.

He never really came close to falling. Once over land in Canada he kneeled briefly, and pumped his fist.

Then he actually ran the last few feet.

"I feel like I'm on cloud 9 right now. As everyone knows, this is something I've dreamt of for a long, long time," said Wallenda.

Wallenda's reward was the wild applause of thousands who got the chance to witness history.

So what will he do next?  Wallenda says he already has some permits in place to walk across the Grand Canyon.
 

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