Twitter Explodes as Nik Wallenda Walks Skywire Across Grand Canyon
One thing is for certain: Nik Wallenda is a brave man.
The record-setting daredevil became the first human being to walk across the Grand Canyon on a high wire Sunday night in a Discovery Channel-televised event.
The 34-year-old insisted that he complete the stunt without the help of a tether or safety net, creating the very real possibility that he could fall to his death at any moment. It was an intense atmosphere to behold on television.
Needless to say, Twitter had plenty to say about the event. According to the Discovery Channel broadcast, there were more than 700,000 tweets during the incredible feat.
As ESPN's Darren Rovell pointed out, it was the kind of event that lent itself to Twitter attention:
There was something so Twitter about #skywire. Betting most didn’t even know it was on tonight. Drove tune in.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) June 24, 2013
Shane Bacon of Yahoo! commented on the incredible buzz the event generated:
Twitter - the sole reason I'm frantically searching for the Discovery Channel on my hotel TV.— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) June 24, 2013
Rod Mackey tweeted out the official time it took Wallenda to cross the wire:
22:54 to get across. Wow! Don't know what he has next but I'm not watching! Crazy!!— Rod Mackey (@Rod9sports) June 24, 2013
The walk was completed at a height of 1,500 feet. As a point of reference, that's taller than the Empire State Building. It was a dizzying height, even on TV, as Michael Fabiano of NFL.com noted:
I'm seriously getting motion sickness watching this - get me a Dramamine.— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) June 24, 2013
As epic as Wallenda's walk was, Zac Dalpe had one suggestion to make it all the more awesome:
Would have been just a little bit cooler if Morgan Freeman narrated that entire walk. #skywire— Zac Dalpe (@ZacDalpe22) June 24, 2013
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and TCU head coach Gary Patterson gave props to Wallenda's unflinching focus:
Although the atmosphere was intense and the potential ramifications serious, Twitter didn't fail to bring some comedy to the situation with tweets from Frank Caliendo, Chad Johnson and The Sports Hernia.
Would've been more impressed had he done it in Air Jordan's rather than those wire-friendly slippers.— The Sports Hernia (@TheSportsHernia) June 24, 2013
"If the Heat come back & beat the Spurs in the last minute,I'll walk across the Grand Canyon on a high wire -Nik Wallenda last week.#skywire— Frank Caliendo (@FrankCaliendo) June 24, 2013
I can't even make it in court let alone the Grand Canyon RT @jphatt09: could you make it across Grand Canyon on a tight rope as well?— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) June 24, 2013
Wallenda's remarkable focus, balance and perseverance weren't the only things that Twitter noticed. His choice of pants were a hot topic, as Will Burge of ESPN Cleveland, Robert Flores and model Brooklyn Decker each made mention of his decision to rock the dad jeans.
WHY IS HE WEARING JEANS. WHY did his wife let him do this. Wow. Wow wow. Amazed/terrified #skywire— Brooklyn Decker (@BrooklynDecker) June 24, 2013
#Skywire is a victory for courage, perseverance, and dad jeans.— Robert Flores (@RoFloESPN) June 24, 2013
700,000 tweets about #skywire and 695,000 of them were about his jeans— Will Burge (@WillBurge) June 24, 2013
Andrew Kaczynski of BuzzFeed tweeted out the picture of Wallenda as he completed the walk.
He did it! pic.twitter.com/UGUz4gC0GK— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) June 24, 2013
Once completed, several prominent figures took to Twitter to congratulate him on the big achievement, including former NFL running back Eric Dickerson and the Discovery Channel.
Even Dickie V thought it was awesome:
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