Just like they had done at least a hundred times before, the Wallenda troupe practiced their famous — and dangerous — 8-person pyramid.
With a spotlight trained 28 feet above the circus floor, men and women walked slowly across the high wire.
Nik Wallenda is on the bottom, in back.
Suddenly, it appears a female performer in front loses her balance.
5 members tumbled to the floor.
Nik Wallenda posted a message on his Facebook page in response, saying, “I have been sort of a wreck to be honest, I’ve shed a lot of tears if I’m being completely vulnerable, having to re-live that accident yet again.”
Wallenda told WFLA he feels like he may have PTSD, and told his wife for the first time recently he considered quitting as he struggled with fear, while practicing a 7-man pyramid in New York.
He says his friends and family, including his sister Lijana and Aunt Rietta are doing well.
“In fact all of them, with the exception of my sister, have been back on-stage performing in one capacity or another which is nothing short of miraculous with falling from that height,” he said.
A few months after the tragedy, a recovering Rietta, on top of the pyramid, looked on the bright side, despite multiple broken bones.
“When our pyramid collapsed, not one of have a spinal cord injury, brain injury,” Rietta said.
“We’ve faced triumph and tragedy. A lot of great triumphs, and but also a lot of tragedies, but through it all, we’ve always continued on,” Wallenda said.
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