January 29th, 2013
02:00 PM ET

Niagara Falls daredevil Wallenda skywalks over Florida highway

[Updated at 2:00 p.m. ET] Unsteady cables and stronger-than-expected winds added drama, but Nik Wallenda's high-wire walk above a Florida highway looked like a walk in the park Tuesday.

The 600-foot stroll was on a cable strung 180 feet above U.S. Highway 41 along the Sarasota, Florida, bay front. The 34-year-old, who hails from multiple generations of high-flying daredevils, was not wearing a safety tether, and there was no net below to catch him if he fell.

Thousands watched from 180 feet below and television cameras broadcast it live to the world, a stunt intended to promote Wallenda's performance with his wife and other family members at Circus Sarasota.

[Posted at 2:34 a.m. ET] Daredevil Nik Wallenda will not need a passport for this trip.

But just like his historic walk from United States to Canada, across the Niagara Falls, his life will be on the line. Or should we say on the wire.

Wallenda will walk across a skinny, steel wire Tuesday morning 180 feet above a Sarasota, Florida, highway.

Unlike that famous jaunt some 200 feet above the Niagara Falls last year, Tuesday's stunt will be without a safety tether.

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  1. Darrylcox1

    Obama needs an easy path to citizenship so when it final comes out that he wasn't born in the USA he can become one.

    January 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Equorial

      If THIS is what the "Immigration Reform" is all about, the public will be outraged (to say the very least). It is also an impeachable offense that, coupled with his votes to modify this event, would seem to "grandfather" him into such a 'clause' contractually. If the folks of the USA do not start movements to impeach Obama, everyone will eventually be upon their knees, (facing East? ...I dunno anything about Islam), and hailing Allah, by Executive Order of President Obama. (Who claims he has arranged matters so that LESS taxes are paid by the middle-class thanks to him, and yet 100% of low and middle-class citizens are seeing an average of $1000.00 more, in federal taxes, disappearing from their paychecks). This is demonstrative that he's well capable of lying even when he has nothing to 'cover his six' while doing it. Am I wrong? I've never seen the USA in such a state of frigged up chaos coast-to-coast as it now is, and there is little to no chance of recovery (and no way we will be able to re-establish "the good old days." Why? As a nation we are broke, and no matter what you hear, so is the rest of the world. Guns? If you own one keep it since it appears you may need it in the near future, and certainly in the distant future. Out of the 4 billion $$ fine to BP for dumping oil in the Gulf, will the Gulf States see any of it. No. It is slated to go, 100%, to the Treasury Department to purchase more "weapons of war." What are we "gearing up" for this time?

      January 30, 2013 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • JZG

      Oh for gods sake you still cling to that fantasy? I guess you also believe that he's a Muslim?

      June 23, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Baraka Oblamma

    You two are crazy. Seriously. Go jump off a building or something.

    January 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baraka Oblamma

      And by "you two" I mean Darrylcox1 and Equorial. It's an article on a tightrope walker, not Obama.

      January 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Randy

    She shouldn't get a dime, its her own risk to date someone, not the dating service!

    January 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. osamabinaden

    he deserves a million

    February 5, 2013 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. lola star

    he is stupid to risk his life

    February 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Big mister

    That is so awsome i wish i could do that in my back yard.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. patricia

    he is not a smart person... ddoing stupid things like this

    February 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ray Lewis Official

    That would be fun but stupid at the same time.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fat Amy

    I wish i was there to watch it.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Big Reggie

    He is crazy and is risking his life for no reason. If he had fell he would of died, why were people watching?

    February 5, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Katie Lamber

    He is very lucky to be alive. I don't think he should of did this because most than likely he would of died if he fell.

    February 6, 2013 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
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