Erendira Wallenda makes history with Niagara Falls stunt

Erendira Wallenda makes history with Niagara Falls stunt

"It felt fantastic. It was a little more windy than I expected it to be, but then I just put myself back in my backyard where I train all the time", Wallenda said in a press conference following her stunt.

The acrobat's husband, Nik Wallenda, walked a 1,800-foot tightrope from the NY side of Niagara Falls into Canada. Because of a NY state law requiring aerialists to wear a safety tether when performing above 20 people, Erendira also had to wear a safety tether attached to her waist.

After weeks of preparation and days of local media buildup, Erendira Wallenda finally took her flight over Niagara Falls Thursday morning.

Nik's dubbed Erendira a "ballerina in the air" and she showed off some of those moves too.

Wallenda's husband, Nik, had performed his own special antics just five years earlier.

She added, "I respect this man (Nik) so much more because that was way more windy than I thought it was going to be".

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"It felt unbelievable", she said after landing back on solid ground. That record she broke by the way was the record her husband set back in 2011. #ErendiraWallenda hangs over @NiagaraFallsUSA by her teeth.

Nik said he continues to hold out hope to create a permanent facility and family entertainment centre in Niagara Falls, N.Y. where people can try to do "outrageous things like we do in a safe setting".

"Niagara Falls is spectacular and we've had a good marriage, so why not?", said Robert Oehler. Erendira Wallenda was tethered to a hoop suspended 300 feet (91 meters) above the water.

Niagara County and the city of Niagara Falls each set aside $35,000 to help fund the stunt, and the Seneca Gaming Corp., the event's lead sponsor, gave $50,000, reported the Buffalo News.

"It's comforting to look up and see my husband", she said. His last flight above the Falls was many years ago filming for CBS's 'The Amazing Race.' It's a vantage that doesn't get old, Barth said.

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