Nik Wallenda and his sister plan high wire walk in her first stunt since human pyramid collapse

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Tightrope daredevil Nik Wallenda and his sister Lijana plan to walk over Times Square on a high wire in her first stunt since a 2017 near-fatal accident in Florida that broke 'every bone in her face' and seriously injured four other members of the troupe.

The heart-pounding performance will see them simultaneously cross a 1,300-foot-long wire 25 stories- approximately 240ft - above the New York tourist hotspot.

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The duo will start at opposite ends of the high wire suspended between 1 and 2 Times Square, meet and cross in the middle and finish on the opposite side.

Nik Wallenda announced the plan on ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday.

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ABC will air the never-before-attempted walk during a two-hour prime-time special on June 23.

The Times Square walk will involve some unspecified safety measures, but organizers say it is in no way risk-free.

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It will be Lijana Wallenda's first high wire performance since she nearly died in the February 2017 accident.

Nik Wallenda said the walk will be 'extremely emotional' for the family.

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'I am beyond excited to be able to walk with my sister, Lijana, as she overcomes near-death injuries and continues the Wallenda tradition of never giving up,' the 40-year-old daredevil said in a statement.

The horrifying accident happened when five members of Circus Sarasota fell while practicing an eight-person human pyramid on a tightrope ahead of opening night in Florida.


Lijana was the first to fall.

She would have died if someone had not turned her the minute she hit the floor to make sure she did not land on her head.

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Lijana broke every bone in her face and had to have it reconstructed with 72 pins.

Four others were also seriously injured, including her cousin Rietta, 58, who spent months in hospital after breaking her arm and ankle, fracturing her ribs,...
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