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Nik Wallenda's daring walk across the Niagara Falls

Nik Wallenda became the first person to walk across the Niagara Falls on a tightrope on Friday. Starting on the American side, the aerialist tiptoed 550 metres across the churning water before stepping onto Canadian soil. Despite the nail-biting nature of the walk, Wallenda granted interviews during his stunt, raving about the 'unbelievable view.'

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Crowds gather in anticipation of Nik Wallenda walking a 550 metre-long tightrope over the brink of the Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, Ont. on Friday, June 15, 2012.

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Patriotic onlookers check out the view at Niagara Falls.

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Wallenda begins his walk across the churning waters.

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Wallenda walks over the Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

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Wallenda walks the high wire.

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Wallenda tiptoes across the high wire.

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Wallenda walks over Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

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Wallenda walks across the tightrope.

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Wallenda continues his 550-metre walk.

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Nik Wallenda walks across the brink of the Niagara Falls.

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Wallenda walks the high wire.

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Wallenda takes a knee and pumps his fist as he nears completion of his 550-metre-long tightrope walk.

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Wallenda completes his walk over Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

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Wallenda cheers as he reaches the end of his tightrope walk.

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Wallenda points to the crowd of onlookers as he nears completion.

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