"I believe God has opened many doors for me in my life and this is one of them." –Nik Wallenda
Falls)—Once you've been to Niagara, and have stood so close to the
700,000 gallons of water rushing over the top of Horseshoe Falls, that
you could almost reach out and touch it, you really don't forget that
feeling of awe. (Photo: ABCNews.com)
I never have, even though I was just a child when I visited there—I can close my eyes and almost hear that roar in my ears.
No doubt the same is now true for Nik
Wallenda, except in an extraordinarily unique way, as he became the
first person to successfully walk over Niagara Falls, Friday night—from
the American side to the Canadian—on a high wire.
was the fulfillment of a 27-year-dream of Nik's, now 33, and one he's
trained, planned for and petitioned the Canadian and American
authorities to temporarily lift the current ban on stunts involving
Niagara Falls, which they finally agreed to for his walk only. (Photo: ABCNews.com)
When he completed his incredible feat, he
had crossed into Canada, and was met on the other side by a border agent
who asked him, "What is the purpose of your trip sir?"
Nik replied, "To inspire people around the world."
And inspire he surely did!
ABC carried the broadcast of the
historic event, and equipped Wallenda with a headset so the entire
television audience could hear his comments and conversation with his
father from the broadcast booth.
viewers weren't expecting the stirring commentary from Nik as he took
step after step in the shoes his mother had made him specifically for
the high wire. (Photo: ABCNews.com)
"It's an unbelievable view! I'm so
blessed to be in the position I am; to be the first person in the world
to be right here. …Praise You, Father God, Praise You, Jesus," Nik said
as he praised and thanked the Lord throughout his entire walk.
As the famed mists enveloped him his
steps seemed to slow, and after passing that point the 7th generation
high wire walker admitted, "You know the mists were thick, and it was
hard to see at times."
"This is what dreams are made of people,"
encouraged Nik to everyone listening at one point, "pursue your dreams
and never give up. Mine might seem strange but anyone dealing with any battle; focus on that other side."
walk that began with the Wallenda's traditional family prayer, ended
with Nik's promised phone call to his grandmother who was "too nervous
to watch." (Photo: ABCNews.com)
In a post-walk news conference, Nik noted
that "Faith plays a huge roll in what I do. I believe God has opened
many doors for me in my life and this is one of them. …To inspire
people around the world; let them know the impossible is not so
impossible if you set your mind to it."
What are the doors Nik feels God is opening to him next?
"I have permits to be the first person in the world to walk across the Grand Canyon," Nik Wallenda told reporters.