Friday, July 24, 2009

Nik Wallenda meets with media about August 15 walk

High-wire acrobat Nik Wallenda met with members of the media Friday at Kings Island. On August 15, Wallenda will push the limits of what his great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, started more than 100 years ago with a spectacular high-wire walk on a cable about the diameter of a nickel suspended 262 feet in the air from the park’s front gate to the Eiffel Tower – a distance of more than 800 feet – with no safety nets or harnesses.

The 30-year-old Sarasota, Florida native will become the third member of the Wallenda family to perform at Kings Island (family patriarch Karl Wallenda was the first 35 years ago in 1974 and Rick Wallenda last year). At 262 feet, his walk will be performed at a height that is three times higher than the previous Wallenda walks at Kings Island.