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For locals in the mountainous North Caucasus region, tightrope walking began centuries ago as a way to take shortcuts between precipitously placed villages with no roads between them.
Nicky Chance-Thompson, chief executive of The Piece Hall Trust, said: "If you think of iconic tightrope walks, then Blondin's incredible feat at Niagara Falls in 1859 is often the one that comes to mind.
Meanwhile, as Tightrope's co-founder and long-time CEO, Starks was responsible for the strategic business initiatives behind ZEPLAY that established its reputation as the instant replay solution with the best price, reliability, speed and feature set for broadcast and production professionals.
The Great Blondin - the tightrope walker and acrobat extraordinaire who had captured the imagination of the world - was about to cross the water, walking on a rope.
I went over to see what was happening wondering if somebody had fallen when I spotted the woman tightrope walking on a thin red rope.
Partway through his 21-meter (69-foot) walk, Petersen rested by lying down on the tightrope. After reaching the end, he still wasn't finished.
It is no wonder, then, that the artist Taus Makhacheva chose to site her recent piece, Tightrope, 2015, just outside Tsovkra-1.
Chinese government, confronting $28 trillion in debt and a slowing economy, is on tightrope between market reforms and controls
The Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays tightrope walker Philippe Petit, The Hundred-Foot Journey's Charlotte Le Bon plays Annie Allix and Schlindler's List's Ben Kingsley plays Papa Rudy.
No matter which dog walked the tightrope Jules trained it.
The watchful mother effortlessly walked a tightrope to a spot where she could keep an eye on Tatau as her two-year-old explored alone.