Monday, May 21, 2007

"Great, Kid. Don't Get Cocky."

A little less than three weeks ago, the first ever high-wire championship was staged in the South Korean capital of Seoul. Eighteen contestants from nine countries competed over the course of three days for the $15,000 prize, awarded to the acrobat who could most quickly cross a tightrope spanning the Han River. It being the longest tightrope ever strung, any contestant to make it across would also break the record for distance (well... technically, the first person to cross would break the record. The rest would simply tie, but you know...)

Among the contestants were Jade Kindar-Martin of Shelburne, Vt., a former Cirque du Soleil performer who once crossed London's River Thames at a height of 150 feet, Colombia's Alan Martinez, who ambled across the Amazon, and Adili Wuxiuer of China - the world record-holder for distance who walked on a wire nearly a half-mile across the Chongqing Cliff at a height of 2,250 feet in 2003.

So, who won? Um... I have no idea, actually. Why did I bother to bring it up then? Because it allowed the Associated Press (and affiliated outlets) to print what must surely be the headline of the year, if not the millennium...

P.S. Thanks for being patient, folks. There'll be another post within a couple days....

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4 Comments:

Blogger GB said...

*roll* - Millennium? Great headline, bad, bad, pun.

PS - I'm going to link your blog to my site, do the same will ya?

http://gregsclimbingblog.blogspot.com/

5:08 PM  
Anonymous ak said...

Didn't you hear? The results from the tightrope walking competition are in: Obi Wan!

12:31 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

*groan*

Now that is a delightfully bad pun. Thanks, Ak-man.

GB - Sho'nuff. I'll update the sidebar tonight, once I get home from work. Good to hear you started a blog. Looking forward to reading it.

2:59 PM  
Blogger GB said...

Sweet! It's actually been up for a while, but is just getting up to speed. Glad all is well.

10:11 AM  

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