In a hair-rising performance, Erendira Wallenda set a world record Thursday when she dangled by her teeth from a helicopter over Niagara Falls.
Wallenda’s husband of 17 years, Nik Wallenda, had set the world record five years ago when he hung from his teeth 250 feet over Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri.
Thursday, Erendira bested him, by performing the same stunt approximately 300 feet about Niagara Falls.
She did have a safety harness around her waist, in compliance of rules for stunts occurring more than 20 feet high, and performed several acrobatic manuevers before hanging by her teeth above the thundering water – not just once, but twice.
At one point she also hung upside down with only her feet on the hula hoop.
In a briefing with reporters afterwards, Erendira said she was listening to music while doing her performance, and admitted the wind made the hula hoop shake much more than she was expecting.
Erendira has reportedly been performing stunts since she was 5 years old, and she and Nik Wallenda have known each other all their lives. They have been married since 1999 and have three children.
In 2012, Nik Wallenda became the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope, crossing the Horsehoe Falls – the largest of the three falls that make up Niagara Falls. That stunt was performed about 200 feet in the air, and took him 25 minutes.
The following video is the full version of the stunt, and includes more insightful commentary.
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