Nik Wallenda’s sister opens up about 2017 injuries before walking the wire in Times Square

Updated: Jun. 19, 2019 at 3:36 PM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The world has been waiting for daredevil Nik Wallenda and his sister to walk the wire in Times Square on June 23 at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, Nik and his team worked through the night rigging a highwire between two skyscrapers, but it proved to be more challenging than they ever imagined.

“It’s always changing. It makes it a nightmare so you never know what’s going to happen," Nik told ABC news.

ABC said the siblings are training for the worst possible conditions - using wind machines with 90 mph winds - and preparing for torrential downpours using hoses blasting water. Only lightning or winds topping 35mph - just a few miles per hour short of tropical storm force winds - could thwart their attempt.

“I’ve done some big events in short periods of time but nothing compares to this," said Nik.

This will be the first time the brother-sister team will be performing together live since 2017, when Lijana and four other performers were severely injured falling off of a highwire while rehearsing to break a Guinness world record. They were practicing an eight person pyramid stunt. Five performers lost their balance and fell more than 30 feet to the ground. Three others, including Nik, clung to the wire.

His sister and others were badly injured and she has been on a very long road to recovery leading to this new challenge.

“I broke a rib, punctured my right ear canal, broke clear through my left humerus, I broke my left calcareous. But the big one was every bone in my face,” said Lijana.

Lijana told ABC news, two years later she’s still confronting her nerves, just days before the biggest physical and psychological challenge of her life.

“We’ll walk towards each other, she will sit down in the middle, I’ll step over her and then she’ll get back up and we’ll walk back into the opposite sides,” said Nik.

The Sarasota community is wishing them much success!

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