Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wallenda's Dad Says Son Is 'Thrilled' to Carry on Family Wire Walking Tradition

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wallenda's Dad Says Son Is 'Thrilled' to Carry on Family Wire Walking Tradition

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Famed ancestry no pressure for Wallenda

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TORONTO - When Nik Wallenda steps out onto a cable Friday night, balanced 60 metres above the churning foot of Niagara Falls, he won't be alone.

He'll have his father acting as both a calming presence and a technical advisor, talking to him through an ear piece, and he will also carry with him the legacy of all seven generations of daredevil Wallendas.

Wallenda, 33, comes from a long line of aerialists as a member of the Flying Wallenda family, and has big -- though nimble -- shoes to fill.

But it won't be an added burden to Wallenda as he attempts to be the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope Friday, his father said.

"I don't think it's a lot of pressure, I think for him it's a lot of pleasure," Terry Troffer said in an interview. "He's just thrilled that he can carry on the family tradition."

During Wallenda's crossing Troffer will be in a control room filled with producers and directors managing the live television special and will have a direct line to his son.

Troffer, himself an accomplished wire walker, will be talking to Wallenda through an ear piece his son will wear, talking him through the wet and windy conditions that are likely to arise.

"I would just be there as a calming voice in the event that he were to feel overwhelmed with several different things coming at him all at once,'" Troffer said.

"Just fatherly advice that any father would give to their son who walks across Niagara Falls," he deadpanned.

Wallenda's walk, set for 10:20 p.m. ET will be broadcast live on ABC, with CTV carrying it in Canada.

The American broadcaster is partly funding Wallenda's walk, which Wallenda estimates is around $1.3 million with fabrication and installation of the custom-made steel wire, permits and security on both sides of the border, travel and marketing. …

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