August 12, 2015 / 1:40 AM / 4 years ago

Daredevil Nik Wallenda walks high wire above Milwaukee racetrack

Aerialist Nik Wallenda speaks about the plans for his next feat at the Orlando Eye during a press conference in New York April 13, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Acrobat Nik Wallenda on Tuesday completed his longest high-wire walk ever above the Milwaukee Mile racetrack during the Wisconsin State Fair, ending with a thumbs up to the crowd below giving him a wild ovation, a fair official said.

Wallenda took 33 minutes to walk 1,560 feet (475 m) on a wire no wider than a U.S. nickel 10 stories above the racetrack near the state fair grounds.

Wallenda, the self-proclaimed King of the High Wire, has several records listed with the Guinness World Records organization. His feats have included high-wire walks above the brink of Niagara Falls, between two Chicago skyscrapers while blindfolded and across the Grand Canyon, in Arizona.

Wallenda is part of the seventh generation of the famed Flying Wallenda family of acrobats. His great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, slipped and fell to his death from a high wire in Puerto Rico in 1978.

Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Editing by Eric M. Johnson and Eric Walsh

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