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Nik Wallenda walks across Grand Canyon on 2-inch wire

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Nik Wallenda balances on a two-inch wire above the Little Colorado River in the Grand Canyon on June 23.

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Nik Wallenda balances on a two-inch wire above the Little Colorado River in the Grand Canyon on June 23.

Daredevil tightrope walker Nik Wallenda talks about his death-defying walk across the Grand Canyon Sunday night, saying it "differed quite a bit" from his training. He added that he was so wound up after the stunt, he "didn't sleep at all."

By Scott Stump, TODAY

Nik Wallenda succeeded in becoming the first person to walk across the Grand Canyon on a wire on Sunday when he inched his way 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River.

“It was stressful,” Wallenda told Natalie Morales Morales and Willie Geist on Discovery Channel's “Skywire Live” after a tense 22 minutes and 54 seconds of walking the 1,400-foot wire. “It was a combination of the wire moving the way it was. I think the tension really played a key role in that and those winds – as I said from the beginning -- so unpredictable…” Read complete story.

 

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