Jay Cochrane feature by Jeremy Cohn on GlobalTV's News Hour on August 17, 2012.
Skywalk 2012 is complete with a world record submission of 11.81 miles (62,400 feet) / 19.01 Km (19,019.52 meters) in 48 skywalks over 80 performance dates.
It all began July 6, 2012, with the first walk of Skywalk 2012 between the Skylon Tower and the Hilton Fallsview Hotel high above Niagara Falls. The final performance will be Sunday, September 23, with the total cumulative distance designated a World Record by the Book of Alternative Records.
Skywalk 2012, sponsored by The Tourism Partnership of Niagara and presented by the Fallsview BIA, is the greatest building-to-building skywalk in North American history. Starting atop the Skylon Tower at a height of 520 feet (160m), Canadian Jay Cochrane is traversing the 1,300 feet (396m) highwire to the pinnacle of the Hilton Fallsview Hotel at 581 feet (177m). The Summer of Skywalks began with Nik Wallenda’s historic walk across Niagara Falls. Cochrane’s skywire stands over 700 feet above the Niagara Gorge, is longer than the distance across the Gorge, and is untethered.
A special celebration will be held upon completion of the final skywalk on September 23rd.
The Niagara region has long been known as the adventure capital of North America. In addition to being home to Niagara Falls, one of the world's most stunning natural wonders, Niagara Canada offers visitors a host of smaller treasures that inspire on a completely different level. With dozens of wineries, golf courses and heritage sites, endless recreational trails and Great Lake shorelines, world-class dining and theatre, as well as casino excitement, Niagara was recently named Trip Advisor's #1 Family Holiday destination in Canada.
In 1897, the Niagara region was home to as many as 12 wirewalk performances. Jay Cochrane brought wirewalking back to the location where it became a worldwide phenomenon. In 2002, Jay Cochrane was the first wirewalker to perform in Niagara Falls since that summer of 1897, when stunts were officially banned in the region. The first skywalk in over a hundred years went from the pinnacle of the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel to the Casino Niagara Tower at a height of 40 stories, with Niagara Falls as the backdrop. He returned in 2005 for the "Skylon Tower Skywalk," starting atop the 32-story, 364 feet (111m) Niagara Fallsview Casino, traversing a distance of 1,250 feet (381m), and finishing atop the Skylon Tower at a height of 520 feet (160m).
Cochrane uses his unique talent for a special cause. After each night’s performance during Skywalk2012, Cochrane autographed posters, sometimes for hours, in exchange for donations to Tender Wishes and the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara Falls. The total amount raised will be announced following the final walk on September 24, 2012.
Cochrane will continue to meet the crowd during the last weekend of performances. “Jay Cochrane: My Life as a Skywalker,” is a 47-minute documentary of his humble beginnings in Sudbury, Canada, his remarkable experiences discovering his talent for the wire, and the World Record skywalks that have made him a star around the world. The DVD will be available during the meet and greets and online at skywalk2012.com.
Cochrane’s “Great China Skywalk” is often called the greatest wirewalk in history. The Qutang Gorge skywire in central China, traversed 2,098 feet, 1,340 feet above the Yangtze River.
Cochrane announced his retirement at the end of 2014. The next 5 days could be the last opportunity to see this dynamic performer in person in the region.
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Order "Jay Cochrane: My Life as a Skywalker," an inspirational and moving DVD tribute to a performer helping children's charities with his amazing talent, celebrating 50-years on the highwire. All proceeds from the sale are split between Jay's two favorite charities in the Niagara region, the Boys and Girls Club and Tender Wishes. T-Shirts and posters now available!