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Daredevil says he's ready for Chicago skyscraper tightrope walk

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 01:43

Daredevil Nik Wallenda, who last year completed a high-wire walk over the Grand Canyon, says he is fit and ready for an untethered nighttime tightrope walk between Chicago skyscrapers. Nathan Frandino reports.

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In his hometown of Sarasota, Florida, daredevil Nik Wallenda is immersed in training. Step-by-step, he's preparing for his next big challenge: a high-wire walk between Chicago skyscrapers at night. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NIK WALLENDA, DAREDEVIL, SAYING: "Of course there are weather conditions, it is November 2nd, we don't know what it is going to be like. And of course, the blindfold, it is something that is very mentally draining, to put it mildly." Wallenda will walk from Marina City's west tower more than two city blocks to the Leo Burnett Building. He'll be more than 50 stories above the Chicago River and going uphill on a 15-degree angle. Then he'll do another span blindfolded. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NIK WALLENDA, DAREDEVIL, SAYING: "There is no test runs. When I get to Chicago, I will get on that cable and walk." Wallenda is a seventh-generation member of the "Flying Wallendas" family of acrobats. He most recently crossed the Grand Canyon. His great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, slipped and fell to his death from a high wire in Puerto Rico. Despite the loss, Nik Wallenda says he won't give up. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NIK WALLENDA, DAREDEVIL, SAYING: "My family has been through triumph and tragedy and they never give up. So live by those words 'Never give up.' In order to inspire people, I feel like I need to continue to push myself and that is why the incline and that is why the blindfold. It's pushing myself to inspire others no matter what line of work they are in, no matter what their passions are." Wallenda's passion is obvious -- a daredevil going to great heights for what he loves.

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Daredevil says he's ready for Chicago skyscraper tightrope walk

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 01:43

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