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Old 23.06.2020, 19:13
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Eek! Tightrope walker's prowess at Les Diablerets

It is a high-flying tribute that was paid Tuesday in Les Diablerets (VD) by tightrope walkers to artists from around the world affected by the coronavirus crisis. Four renowned performers achieved unprecedented feats during a "Glacier 3000 Air Show".

Freddy Nock, Sheila Nicolodi, Ramon Kathriner and David Maillard performed aerial tricks at an altitude of 3,000 metres. At the beginning of April, Show-on Events approached the Glacier 3000 ski lifts with the idea of transforming the tourist site into a temporary artistic stage. The aim was to honour the artists who were unable to practice their craft during the global health crisis, explained Show-on Events and Glacier 3000.

Freddy Nock, who already has 22 world records to his credit, added three more to his list of achievements on Tuesday on the carrying cables of the cable car linking the Col du Pillon (1546 m) to the Scex Rouge (3000 m). His first challenge was to walk at an incline of more than 39 degrees over a distance of 40 metres, while the current record is below 38.06 degrees. The second was to ride his bicycle over the cables at a height never before equalled, 367 metres at a height of 175.4 metres.

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As a world exclusive, the famous Swiss tightrope walker also walked blind with a completely opaque helmet over a distance of 151 metres and at a height of 200 metres from the ground. This programme was described by Freddy Nock himself as "the most difficult of his entire career". It was performed as usual without safety devices.

For his part, Ramon Kathriner performed his famous "wheel of death" performance at the Cabane Intermediate Station, David Maillard presented a new performance suspended from a cable under the cabin at a height of 200 meters from the ground, and Italian artist Sheila Nicolodi produced a pole dance show on the highest point of Glacier 3000, the Peak Walk suspension bridge.

This "Glacier 3000 Air Show" was set to music by internationally renowned DJ Michel Cleis and presented by actor and jazzman Troy Anderson, who recently played the role of Louis Armstrong in the film "Capone".

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https://www.bluewin.ch/fr/infos/econ...ts-406644.html
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Old 25.06.2020, 12:02
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I saw the Wheel of Death on a British newspaper site and thought it was fabulous. Must watch the whole thing.
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I've seen a few over the years; they're pretty heart stopping to watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9fndwDDvqY

And yes, sometimes it is really the wheel of death.
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I clicked on the YT link and completely freaked myself out
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Gets the adrenaline flowing that's for sure.
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I think if i went to see this type of act live I'd watch through my fingers
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I think if i went to see this type of act live I'd watch through my fingers
Agreed. I highly admire those people for their abilities but I don't want to watch it. I would though if they did it above a safety net.
I don't get a kick out of watching people risk their lives for no good reason.
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I remember going to the circus as a child in the days when it was OK to have lion/tiger/elephant tamers and bears riding motorbikes (1960s). I think I prefer watching Wheel of Death to that
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