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Lijana and Nik Wallenda Walk Tightrope Before NASCAR Race (Video)

Monday, 14 Oct 2013 10:47 AM

By Alexandra Ward

Brother-and-sister acrobats Nik and Lijana Wallenda wowed the crowd at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday night when they performed a tightrope walk 150 feet above the track.

Armed only with balancing poles and no harnesses, the seventh-generation members of "The Flying Wallendas" stunt group started out at opposite ends of the 500-foot long cable and met in the middle. Lijana Wallenda stooped down to sit on the tightrope as Nik Wallenda stepped over her. They each then successfully walked to the end.

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The stunt was televised before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race.

"It was exciting to perform together again," Nik Wallenda told reporters after the walk. "We don't perform like this very often. We've never performed this high and this far apart before and this was the first time in many, many years.

"It's always exciting to perform in front of race fans, for one, because they're such an outgoing audience, and to have them so quiet while we perform — there's a lot of respect there."

Nik Wallenda successfully traversed the Grand Canyon on a two inch-wide tightrope on live television back in June. He performed the stunt without any safety nets or harnesses. 

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