Erendira Wallenda, the wife of the famous daredevil Nik Wallenda, managed to dangle 300 feet above Niagara Falls by her teeth, which breaks a record previously held by her husband. Nik is more famous for becoming the first person to cross Niagara Falls on a high wire, but Erendira one upped the feat when she hung out of a helicopter by her teeth for 20 seconds above Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the three falls that make up Niagara Falls. She took off at 8:30 AM and had to do the stunt just above the famous mist emitted from the waterfalls. Her 300 foot altitude broke Wallenda’s 250-foot dangle by the teeth done over a Missouri theme park in 2011. In the middle of the performance, Erendira also weaved in and out of a hula hoop, as well as dangling for short periods of time by her knees and her toes.
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As soon as Erendira made it back to land, she got a kiss and a hug from her husband. Nik expressed his joy to reporters later, saying, “It was absolutely amazing. To be out there watching her… she had a huge grin on her face the whole time.” After the performance, Erendira commented, “If a guy can do it, a girl can do it too. We just do it with a little more grace.” She also said that the stunt was more difficult than expected, given that the wind was stronger than it was in her practice sessions in Florida. However, before the stunt, she was aware that fear was not an option at any point during the performance. “If you’re scared of it, then it becomes dangerous. I respect what I do, but I definitely will be taking in the view. That’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, but I’m definitely not fearful,” Erendira said.
Erendira Vazquez Wallenda after her performance hanging by her teeth helipopter 300 ft over horseshoe falls. pic.twitter.com/FTIBHMcwqB
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