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dateline: 19 June 2012

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Daredevil Makes History Over Niagara Falls

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • generation: the period of time in which a child grows up and starts his or her own family (average 30 years)
  • headset: a sound system you wear that has earphones and a microphone
  • tightrope: a long rope or cable that is secured at both ends high above the ground
  • daredevil: a person who takes serious risks to perform entertaining stunts
  • stunt: a difficult trick that requires mental and physical training and skill
  • accomplish: to achieve a goal

Daredevil Makes History Over Niagara Falls

Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation member of the “Flying Wallendas”, made a successful walk across the base of over the weekend. Despite the heavy mist and winds, it took Wallenda less than 25 minutes to complete the 1500 foot tightrope walk. The performer wore a headset and spoke to news reporters and his father as he made his way from the US to Canada. Thousands of people watched from the American and Canadian shores, while millions to watch the stunt on TV. It took two years for the daredevil to convince both sides of the Niagara to allow him to fulfil his childhood dream. Similar high wire walks were accomplished downstream over 100 years ago.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What famous circus family does this daredevil belong to?
  2. What were the conditions like as he walked across the tightrope?
  3. What did the performer do while he walked from the US to Canada?

Discussion Question: Nik Wallenda was wearing a safety tether because the television network that helped sponsor the walk insisted on it. How does the harness change the experience for the viewer and the performer?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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