The Wallendas' Live Highwire Walk Above Times Square: Did You Look?

TVLine | 6/23/2019 | Matt Webb Mitovich
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As part of a push for more live event programming, ABC on Sunday night hosted the latest bit of highwire daredevilry by Nik Wallenda, joined by his sister Lijana, who traversed opposite directions along a 1,300 foot-long tightrope raised 25 stories above Times Square.

Adding to the innate tension of the unprecedented proceedings — besides the fact that Nik would need to step over his crouched sister, and swap harness clips, as they met up midway — was the fact that Nik’s troupe had experienced quite a scare two years ago. In February 2017, all eight of them fell from a highwire while practicing a human pyramid act. Lijana suffered the most severe injuries, including breaking nearly all the bones in her face plus a rib, and puncturing her right ear canal. She also has several screws in one of her ankles, requiring her specialized footwear to be modified on that side.

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The Times Square stunt marked Lijana’s first such endeavor since that traumatic accident. Nik meanwhile had an unexpected, last-minute stressor when on a recent night his engineering team experienced complications in hoisting up...
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