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Aerialist hangs by teeth from chopper over falls

The wife of high-wire artist Nik Wallenda hung from a hoop dangling out of the helicopter as it hovered about 100 metres above the falls on the Canada-U.S. border.Erendira was tethered to a hoop suspended from a helicopter.”I just had to put myself back to my backyard training and I felt good enough that I was able to hang by my teeth a second time”, she said in a press conference to reporters.In 2011, Nik had held the record after he hung by his teeth 250 feet above Silver Dollar City in Missouri.Erendira Wallenda said she was caught off guard by the windy conditions above the cataracts, something her husband had to deal with during his 2012 stunt.”Our dentist is a very understanding person”, her husband added.Members of the Wallenda family have gained fame as a circus act.While dangling over the Falls under overcast skies, a smiling Erendira performed a series of moves to music that only she could hear through headphones.Although she broke her husband’s record, the couple’s competition is as friendly as could be.Most people like to see Niagara Falls the normal way: from a boat, from the viewing decks, from the observation tower or from the restaurant at the top.Nik Wallenda’s great-grandfather also died after falling from a tight-rope. “And not too many people can say they married someone with the same passions that they have”.The two share three children, all of whom are adept in the air but have shown limited interest in carrying on the family business.”I probably would want to spend all day long up there”, she said.Follow along with updates from our staff at Niagara Falls.Nik described his wife’s performance Thursday as “absolutely wonderful”. “Well, why don’t you allow me to do it 300 feet above the falls?” “That’s wonderful. That’s awesome”.