NEW YORK (Reuters) – The rope is no wider than his thumb, the height is 25 stories up and the length is five city blocks, but what really concerns aerialist Nik Wallenda about his highwire walk in New York on Sunday is his sister.
Wallenda and his sister Lijana plan to walk 1,300 feet (396 meters) across the city’s busy Times Square on Sunday in a live television event that has been six years in the making.
The walk will mark Lijana’s first highwire stunt since an accident while rehearsing an eight-person pyramid in 2017 that broke every bone in her face.
Sunday’s walk, to be broadcast live television as the sun goes down, will be “over two and a half times higher than anything she’s ever walked. It’ll be four times longer than anything, other than in training, that she’s ever walked in a public setting,” Nik Wallenda told Reuters on Thursday.
“I’ll be so focused on her and not on myself. And I really need to be 150% focused on myself, and I know already I…
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