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Erendira Wallenda hangs by teeth and toes from helicopter over Niagara Falls

June 15, 2017 1:41 PM
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Erendira Wallenda hangs by teeth and toes from helicopter over Niagara Falls

'It’s good to be back on the ground,' Erendira Wallenda said

Erendira Wallenda could be seen gracefully performing acrobatic moves — not out of the ordinary for a daredevil who's part of the famous Wallenda family.

The difference Thursday was she was hanging from a helicopter for several minutes, at points just by her toes and teeth, over Niagara Falls.

The wife of high-wire artist Nik Wallenda hung from a hoop dangling out of the helicopter as it hovered about 100 metres above the falls on the Canada-U.S. border.

She performed several acrobatic manoeuvres over the tense few minutes she was alone in the sky above the cold, rushing waters.

"It's good to be back on the ground," Wallenda said at a news conference after landing safely. "It was a lot more windy than I expected it to be. I put my mind back to my backyard where I train all the time."

Wallenda was asked about what was going through her mind as she was in the air. She said, "That's where I feel alive. This is what I was meant to do. You just get lost in the moment."

The helicopter left the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino Starting shortly after 8:30 a.m. ET.

Five years ago today, Nik Wallenda walked 550 metres on a tightrope over the falls, from the American to the Canadian side.

"She's a ballerina in the air," he said Wednesday. "She'll perform a series of tricks ... we expect it to last five to seven minutes."

Five members of the Wallenda circus troupe fell from a high wire in Sarasota, Fla., in February while practising an eight-person pyramid. Everyone survived.


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