Nik Wallenda: Wearing blindfold during skyscraper walk will be 'very, very challenging'

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By Scott Stump

In his tightrope wire walk between Chicago skyscrapers on Sunday night, Nik Wallenda will face a 15-degree incline, wearing a blindfold for a portion of the walk. But the daredevil definitely knows which of the two obstacles will be his biggest challenge.

"I would say the blindfold,'' Wallenda said on TODAY Friday from Chicago. "Taking away that most important sense of a wire walker - vision and focus - is very, very challenging." 

TODAY’s Natalie Morales and Willie Geist, and The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore, will host the special, "Skyscraper Live with Nik Wallenda," on the Discovery Channel at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday when Wallenda attempts his latest feat since becoming the first person to walk across the Grand Canyon in June of 2013. 

More from Wallenda on the upcoming stunt:

  • On the weather conditions: "Of course today we've got a storm blowing through, so this would be very intimidating if I let it take control of my mind, but I know that weather changes within minutes often around here, so there's no sense in focusing on it today,'' he said. "I'm focusing on Sunday, and the weather looks very promising." 

  • On whether he is nervous for the stunt: "It makes me excited more than anything. This is another dream of mine." 

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