Slackliner breaks world record during highline walk along Las Vegas Strip

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“Yeah, Mandalay Bay!”

That was the victorious cry on Wednesday by daredevil Andy Lewis after walking across a 360-feet long slackline stretched between Mandalay Bay and the House of Blues’ Foundation Room 480 feet above the Las Vegas Strip.

Lewis’ stunt kicked off the 2013 World Slackline Federation’s Slackline World Cup Finals being held in the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre Oct. 17. Slackliners competing in the finals include Igor Zambelli and Gabriel Amaral, who perform in Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE show.

As Lewis balanced his way across, three of the world’s best slackliners — Hayden Nickell, Jon Fait and Mickey Wilson – performed tricks on individual slacklines rigged alongside his own.

“I’m feeling ecstatic,” Lewis said after performing his stunt. “I just can’t believe that I did it. I’ve been training and training and didn’t sleep last night.”

Lewis’ stunt earned him the world record for longest urban highline walked.

“Yes, I’m here to break the record, but it’s more about pushing the sport and saying, hey look, we are a sport,” Lewis said. “We’re here and we want to have fun and we want to come and do this all over the world.”

Lewis, a Gibbon Slackline athlete, first gained fame when he performed slackline stunts on stage with Madonna during the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show in 2012.

The 2013 WSFed Slackline World Cup Finals is free and open to fans of all ages.

Nicole Lucht

Born with a suitcase in her hand, Nicole Lucht has been a lifelong traveler. As the child of an American soldier, she spent her childhood traveling the U.S. and Europe, becoming an early apprentice of the tourism trade. When she left the nest, her nomadic nature led her to earn her wings as a flight attendant for the world’s largest airline. Today, Nicole reports and writes about the shows and events happening in Las Vegas. Follow Nicole on Google+ and Twitter.

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