Wallenda hangs by teeth
‘Amazing’ stunt takes place over Niagara Falls
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.