and Lijana Wallenda, of the "Flying Wallendas" circus and
stunt-performing family, walked from opposite sides of the
square on a wire running 1,300 feet (396 meters) from 42nd
Street to 47th Street.
The two crossed midway on their 36-minute walk, Lijana, 42,
sitting down so Nik, 40, could step over her, before she got up
and continued her way, cheered on by a crowd of thousands below.
"Only by the grace of God," said Lijana as she walked, listening
to gospel music and talking to her brother through a wireless
It was Lijana's first high-wire performance since a 2017
accident in which she and four other walkers fell 30 feet (9
meters) and were seriously injured.
"Fear will not conquer me, and it didn't," she said close to
completing the walk, urged on by her brother.
The Wallendas wore safety harnesses in order to gain city
approval for the stunt.
(Reporting by Andrew Hay; Editing by Paul Tait)
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