Leaving the press conference following a successful crossing, Nik's son Yanni, 14, and son Amadeus, 11, in a group hug with ??, while Nik's mother Delilah Troffer watches. Nik Wallenda's, "A Walk Across the Falls", high wire stunt / event across the Niagara Falls (Horseshoe Falls) from the US to Canadian side, © Linda Dawn Hammond / IndyFoto.com 2 June 15, 2012.
Press Release June 15, 2012
Wallenda high wire walk puts Niagara Parks on global stage
Walk pays tribute to the Niagara’s daredevil tradition
while showcasing the national treasure of the Falls and Niagara Parks
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario – With his high wire walk across the Niagara Gorge, Nik Wallenda has helped showcase Niagara Parks and remind people around the world of the many reasons to visit, according to Janice Thomson, Chair of The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC).
“The Commission congratulates Mr. Wallenda on a thrilling performance. It captured the imagination of millions and allowed Niagara Parks to showcase its beauty and put our national treasure – The Falls – on display for the entire world to see,” Thomson said.
In tonight’s walk, Wallenda became the first person in more than 100 years to cross the Niagara Gorge on a high wire and the first person ever to walk across on a wire so close to the Horseshoe Falls. Part of the walk was over the Horseshoe Falls itself. Wirewalkers in the past have performed downstream from the Falls.
More than 80 accredited media agencies from the United States, China, Australia, and other countries as well as Canada covered the walk from Niagara Parks. The walk was carried live by the ABC and CTV Television networks.