Nik Wallenda Readies for Grand Canyon Wire Walk

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ElectricTV Releases Nik Wallenda Practice Video Preparing for the Grand Canyon Wire Walk

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For months, Nik has been busy practicing for this event, dubbed “Sky Wire Live with Nik Wallenda”, at his home in Sarasota, Florida. ElectricTV.net has released a new video documenting the preparations in a rare one-on-one interview.

Daredevil Nik Wallenda, holder of seven world records, will attempt to set an eighth by tight rope walking nearly 1,400 feet across the Grand Canyon this Sunday June 23rd. Last year, Nik took to the wire to cross Niagara Falls, a feat that he accomplished thanks to his lifetime of training, dedication to safety and, in part, help from the knowledgeable and skilled electricians of the IBEW who strung the wire.

For months, Nik has been busy practicing for this event, dubbed “Sky Wire Live with Nik Wallenda”, at his home in Sarasota, Florida. ElectricTV.net has released a new video documenting the preparations in a rare one-on-one interview. In it, Nik talks about the greatest danger at this point -- taking the situation for granted. Having started walking the tight rope at the age of two, Nik notes that “...when you've done something your entire life, it becomes very normal...it actually becomes dangerous, because I become so complacent up there.”

Nik also gives a shout out to NECA Contractor O'Connell Electric, whose IBEW linemen were responsible for the wire tension work at Niagara Falls and who are once again charged with completing the difficult task of making sure the wire is safely tethered to the earth, while Nik isn’t. Noting that his life depends upon their preparations in selecting and rigging the cable, Nik says “(The) IBEW - the best of the best.”

In order to replicate the conditions of the Nik Wallenda Grand Canyon walk as closely as possible, this video documentary explains that engineers have stretched a heavy steel cable, weighing in at nine pounds per foot, over 1,000 feet approximately 15 feet above the ground. The Nik Wallenda practice sessions include carrying a 40-pound, 30-foot long balancing bar in order to make adjustments. Though the cable's weight and added weights attached to the cable provide stability, they cannot fully replace human skill and balance.

You can find out more and see Nik's preparations, as well as learn about NECA and IBEW contributions to the event, by viewing ETV's short video presentation.

About ETV: ElectricTV is web-based video channel funded in part by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). These videos present the latest news on electrical technology trends and the contributions of NECA and IBEW workers.

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