Nik Wallenda and his sister Lijana are back in the spotlight more than two years after their 8-man pyramid, crashed to the ground below, hurting several of them.
It was a fall that shocked the world. In February of 2017, the famous Wallenda team, lost footing while practicing their 8-man pyramid. Lijana Wallenda was one of the five people who hit the ground under the big top.
“She broke every bone in her face. Internal bleeding, broken arm, broken leg, they didn’t expect her to live,” said Nik Wallenda at a news conference Wednesday.
But, she did survive, and now she and her brother Nik will attempt to make history.
“New York City is a city that never sleeps and never stops,” says Nik. “My goal is to stop the city for at least 25 minutes while I’m on the wire.”
The plan is to walk high above the famous Times Square during a two hour special live on television.
“We are going to start at opposite ends. She will start where the ball drops. I’ll start at the opposite side at the Renaissance,” says Nik. “We will cross over in the middle. I’ll step over her and we cross into the other side.”
The duo will be 25 stories high and will walk 13 feet across Times Square. Nik is an executive producer for the special, and will be hands-on when it comes to safety, even rigging his own equipment.
While he says he’s never seen the video of the fall, he admits, it does go through his mind when his feet hit the wire. But this is a job he loves, something that is truly part of him, and he wont let that fall keep him from what he was born to do.
“Fear is liar because it tells you that you’re safe. But, the truth is fear often keeps us from our greatest goals and achievements,” says Nik.
Nik and Lijana will walk across Times Square on june 23.