Wal­lenda hangs by teeth

‘Amaz­ing’ stunt takes place over Ni­a­gara Falls

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - CANADA -

A trapeze artist from a renowned fam­ily of dare­dev­ils hung by her teeth Thurs­day as a he­li­copter car­ried her above the thun­der of Ni­a­gara Falls in a stunt that grabbed in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion.

As peo­ple on both sides of the Canada-U.S. bor­der craned their necks to catch a glimpse, ae­ri­al­ist Erendira Vasquez Wal­lenda per­formed a se­ries of move­ments on a hoop sus­pended from the chop­per, in­clud­ing hang­ing from her knees and toes — and twice from her teeth.

“There are no words; it was beau­ti­ful,” Wal­lenda said mo­ments af­ter re­turn­ing to the ground. “It felt amaz­ing.” Erendira Wal­lenda

Wal­lenda, 36, per­formed her feat five years af­ter her stunt­man hus­band, Nik Wal­lenda, walked 550 me­tres on a tightrope from the Amer­i­can side of the falls to the Cana­dian side.

Teth­ered to a safety har­ness as legally re­quired, Erendira Vasquez Wal­lenda said the wind above the falls was far more fierce than she had ex­pected, prompt­ing the pi­lot to nose the chop­per a lit­tle higher.

Wal­lenda said she hoped her per­for­mance would in­spire oth­ers — and she of­fered a spe­cial mes­sage for other fe­males.

“If a guy can do it, a girl can do it, too,” she said. “We just do it with a lit­tle more grace.”

Wal­lenda spent about eight min­utes of her 10-minute stunt hov­er­ing over the falls. While the plan was to hang from her teeth only once for about 15 sec­onds, she said she felt so good that she opted to re­peat the move for about 10 sec­onds.

The falls, a site that has at­tracted and inspired dare­dev­ils for gen­er­a­tions, has a cer­tain mys­ti­cal pull, Wal­lenda said af­ter her per­for­mance. Watch­ing her hus­band five years ago made her want to do some­thing as well.

if a guy can do it, a girl can do it, too.

Erendira Wal­lenda hangs be­neath a he­li­copter dur­ing a stunt over the Horse­shoe Falls at Ni­a­gara Falls on Thurs­day.


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