Medical Commentary on Nik Wallenda’s High-wire Walk over Chicago

On Sunday, Nov. 2, daredevil Nik Wallenda completed an amazing two-part tightrope walk 50 stories above the Chicago River that broke not one, but two Guinness World Records. Without a safety net or harness, Wallenda first walked from the Marina City’s west tower to the Leo Burnett Building — a distance of more than two city blocks that rose to a 19-degree angle, the steepest angle Wallenda has ever attempted. For the second part of the walk, spanning Marina City’s west and east towers, Wallenda was blindfolded. Dr. Brian Cole from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, provided expert medical commentary during the Discovery Channel’s broadcast of the event, which was seen by more than 22,000,000 people (roughly 64,000 were on hand to watch live).

Watch the Interview with Dr. Cole on the Discovery Channel

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Complete Transcript of Medical Commentary on the Walk to Remember

Brian Cole, MD, and Nik Wallenda