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    Robbie Knievel during his successful 231-foot jump over the Grand Canyon, May 20, 1999. <a href="http://abc.go.com/watch/2020/SH559026/VD55211543/highwire-of-niagara-falls---live">WATCH WALLENDA'S WALK ON THE FULL EPISODE NOW</a>
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    Philippe Petit, a French high wire artist, walks across a tightrope suspended between the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York on Aug. 7, 1974. Petit's rogue stunt was the subject of "Man on Wire," a 2008 documentary film.
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    Jeb Corliss, wearing a wingsuit, glides through the Tianmen Cave at Zhangjiajie Scenic Spot on Sept. 24, 2011, in Zhangjiajie city, Hunan Province, China. Corliss jumped out of a helicopter at 6,000 feet and glided through the cave, 431 feet high and 187 feet wide, in Tianmen mountain, landing with a parachute on a winding road.
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    Herbert Nitsch is the current record-holder for free deep-sea diving. According to his website, he has set 31 world records in all eight official disciplines ratified by Association Internationale pour le Développement de l'Apnée, the worldwide federation for breath-hold diving.
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    In this multiple-exposure handout image provided by Red Bull Photofiles, Robbie Maddison jumps his motorcycle more than 100 feet high and to land on top of the 96-feet-high and 40-feet-deep replica of the Arc de Triomphe in front of Paris Las Vegas, then drops off the Arc and free-falls more than 65 feet to a massive landing ramp below, at the Red Bull: New Year event on December 31, 2008.
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    Yuichiro Miura, a Japanese professional skier, skiing down Mt. Everest on May 6, 1970, from an altitude of 21,218 feet.
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    On Nov. 23, 1976, German high wire performer Karl Wallenda, then aged 71, walks across a 120-yard cable over the Thames River near Tower Bridge, London, England. Halfway across, he stood on his head.
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    David Blaine in his water tank during the David Blaine Begins Seven Day Endurance Challenge Underwater, May 1, 2006, at Lincoln Center in New York City.
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    George Willig, an amateur mountain climber from New York City, climbs the south tower of the World Trade Center as police on a window-washing platform keep pace, May 26, 1977.
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    Skateboarder Danny Way, from Encinitas, Calif., drops his board as he attempts to set a skateboarding height world record at the Great Wall of China, in Ju Yong Guan, north of Beijing, July 9, 2005.
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    David Smith, a human cannonball daredevil artist from Missouri, sails across the U.S.-Mexico border as part of an installation arts performance festival, Aug. 27, 2005, in Tijuana, Mexico.
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    Polish extreme sportsman Krystian Herba rides his bicycle up the 816 steps to the 48th floor of the Millennium Tower, Austria's tallest skyscraper, which is nearly 663 feet high, in Vienna, Austria, Oct. 2, 2010.
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    Nepalese Prime Minister Madav Kumar Nepal and other politicians hold a meeting on a remote mountain plateau in the shadow of Mount Everest to highlight the impact of global warming on the Himalayas. The meeting occurred Dec. 4, 2009, at an altitude of 17,192 feet. Attendees arrived via helicopter.
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    French climber Alain Robert scales the Hang Seng Bank headquarters, in Hong Kong, Jan. 26, 2011.
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    Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy during his flight over the Grand Canyon in his custom-built jet suit, May 7, 2011. Rossy was airborne for more than eight minutes, soaring 200 feet above the canyon rim, on the Hualapai Reservation.
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    Jin Songhao celebrates in a box filled with ice cubes during a cold-endurance competition in Zhangjiajie city, Hunan, China, Jan. 3, 2011. The previous world record, held by Dutchman Win Hof, was 115 minutes.
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    Swiss high wire artist Freddy Nock walks on the cable of the Corvatsch cable car from the upper station, 10,837 feet above sea level, down to the base station, in Silvaplana, Switzerland, Jan. 29, 2011, to set a new mark in the Guinness Book of Records.
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    Dan Goodwin, aka Spider Dan, makes his way to the top of Millennium Tower, in San Francisco, Sept. 6, 2010. Goodwin used suction cups but no ropes to scale the 645-foot residential building overlooking San Francisco Bay. Police said he ignored orders to stop climbing.
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    Dutch swimmers brave the icy North Sea in Scheveningen, Netherlands, Jan. 1, 2012. A record number of 10,000 people took the plunge in this year's traditional New Year's dip.
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    Latvian illusionist Gennady Palychevsky spent 64 hours and 32 minutes in a six-foot ice cube in the Russian capital of Moscow before signaling for help. The previous record, 64 hours, had been held by an Israeli stage magician. Medics said Palychevsky was on the verge of death before he called a halt to the stunt.
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