Karl Wallenda’s Last Walk Was A Heartbreaking End To A Career In High-Wire Art

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The scariest and most beautiful thing about the life of a daredevil is that, no matter what the performer”s past triumphs, one mistake could lead to your last (and sadly the most remembered) stunt of your career.

Karl Wallenda was a famous German-American high-wire artist with many accomplishments in the art. Wallenda once walked across Tallulah Gorge in Georgia, and even executed the first 7-man pyramid on the high-wire with his troupe The Great Wellendas.

In 1973, the ever-daring Wallenda took to the ropes for one last walk at 78 years of age. He attempted to walk between the Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The winds blew hard that day, and even the great Wallenda couldn”t compensate.

(via Luis Portas Iberico Nogueira)

The next year, Karl Wallenda”s great-grandson, Rick Wallenda, attempted the same walk as a tribute. He completed the walk successfully, proudly saying about the sport he loves, “Life is being on the wire; everything else is just waiting.”

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