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Gibbon Does Slackline Vegas Style

The Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil is teaming with Gibbon Slacklines to showcase a record-breaking highline walk attempt from the exterior of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, 63 floors above the Las Vegas Strip. Taking place Wednesday October 16, as the kick off to the 2013 World Slackline Federation (WSFed) Slackline World Cup Finals taking place the following day inside the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre, Andy Lewis, the daredevil Gibbon athlete and slackliner made famous for his Super Bowl XLVI halftime show performance with Madonna, will attempt to set the world record for the longest urban highline walked.

Lewis will thrill spectators by forging a 480-ft. high, 360-ft.-long slackline, running parallel to the Las Vegas Strip, rigged from two of Mandalay Bay’s resort towers.  Simultaneously, three of the world’s top professional slackliners, Hayden Nickell, Josh Beaudoin and Mickey Wilson, will perform tricks on individual slacklines rigged at the same breathtaking height.

“We’re no strangers to executing gravity-defying stunts,” said Emilio Torres, vice president of sales at Gibbon Slacklines. “However, this Megastunt brings slacklining to a new level and will showcase what the incredible Gibbon athletes can pull off.”

Presented exclusively at Mandalay Bay, the cast of Michael Jackson ONE, featuring professional slackline athletes Igor Zambelli and Gabriel Amaral, will participate in a special performance of the show’s slackline act choreographed to Michael Jackson’s iconic No. 1 hit “Bad,” during the 2013 WSFed Slackline World Cup Finals at the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Open to the public, the competition puts the world’s best slackliners against each other as they compete for the title of overall World Cup Champion and the biggest slackline purse to date.  Judges include Hayden Nickell, a slackliner who was featured on the 2012 MDNA Madonna World Tour, Josh Beaudoin a top Gibbon slackline athlete and Damian Cooksey, owner of Bridges Rock Gym.

The world-record attempt and the 2013 WSFed Slackline World Cup Finals are open to fans of all ages and offer complimentary admission.  Details regarding spectator viewing for both events can be found at www.gibbonslacklines.com/Vegas.

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