Wallenda family has deep ties to circus
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
SARASOTA, FL (WIVB) - For daredevil Nik Wallenda, the dream to cross Niagara Falls started when he was a young boy. He was raised in a family with deep circus roots.
Ahead of his June 15 walk, Wallenda defied the odds. He changed two laws in two different countries.
"I was told by hundreds of people this will never happen," Wallenda said.
The seventh-generation performer took those negative sentiments and turned them into something positive.
"There were mountains in the way and the mountains started to move and I think people started to realize, this is big... this is a massive force," Wallenda extrapolated.
Wallenda says he followed the family motto - "Never give up." It's a three-word phrase passed down for seven generations; over 200 years. Those words were uttered by Wallenda's great grandfather, the late Karl Wallenda.
Wallenda said one of his main motivations is respect for the family.
"I do a lot of this out of respect and to pay tribute to him the things he did to open the doors for me to do what I do," he said.
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