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SOURCE Cirque du Soleil, Gibbon Slacklines, MGM
Daredevil Slackline Athlete Sets Urban Highline World Record Outside 63rd Floor of Mandalay Bay and House of Blues Foundation Room
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Exhilarating spectacles were taken to new heights this afternoon as Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil partnered with Gibbon Slacklines to showcase a record-breaking highline walk from the exterior of Mandalay Bay and House of Blues Foundation Room, 63 floors above the Las Vegas Strip. As the kick off to the 2013 World Slackline Federation (WSFed) Slackline World Cup Finals taking place inside the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre on Oct. 17, Andy Lewis, the daredevil Gibbon athlete and slackliner made famous for his Super Bowl XLVI halftime show performance with Madonna, set a new world record for the longest urban highline walked. Lewis thrilled 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.
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Simultaneously, three of the world's top professional slackliners, Hayden Nickell, Jon Fait and Mickey Wilson, performed 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 showcases what the incredible Gibbon athletes can pull off. We are thrilled to be teaming up with Mandalay Bay and Cirque du Soleil to show the world what we can do."
Presented exclusively at Mandalay Bay, the 2013 WSFed Slackline World Cup Finals puts the best slackliners against each other as they compete for the title of overall World Cup Champion taking place at the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 17. Slackline athletes from around the world, including Michael Jackson ONE's Igor Zambelli and Gabriel Amaral, will execute their best tricks as they vie for the competition's top spot. Judges include Hayden Nickell, a slackliner who was featured on the 2012 MDNA Madonna World Tour, Jon Fait a top Gibbon slackline athlete and Damian Cooksey, owner of Bridges Rock Gym, the premier slackline facility in the United States.
Michael Jackson ONE, a fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals that takes the audience on an immersive journey through the music and spirit of Michael Jackson, is the eighth and most recent Cirque du Soleil production in Las Vegas. Heralded by critics as "a remarkable sonic experience" ("Chicago Tribune") and "A virtual parade of 'wow' moments" ("Rolling Stone"), the show features Michael's artistry and spirit expressed through the vibrant energy of the cast of 63 dancers and performers, underscored by aerial performance, driving acrobatics, and vivid choreographies that use the urban/hip hop idiom as a springboard for exploration.
The 2013 WSFed Slackline World Cup Finals is open to fans of all ages and offer complimentary admission. Details regarding spectator viewing can be found at www.gibbonslacklines.com/Vegas.
About Gibbon Slacklines USA
Slacklining is the act of balancing on a narrow, flexible piece of webbing that's anchored between two points, usually trees. A sport that was once exclusive to the climbing community, slacklining is now accessible for everyone, from athletes to families, and is growing as a crosstrainer, fitness trend, backyard activity and sport of its own.
Based in Louisville, Colorado, Gibbon Slacklines USA is the exclusive North American distributor for Gibbon Slacklines. Gibbon Slacklines is the world's leading slackline manufacturer and is dedicated to introducing the world to slacklining as a fun and accessible way to increase balance, build muscle and rehabilitate injuries.
Gibbon Slacklines are available at over 3,000 retailers across the U.S. The company holds slacklining competitions across North America and sponsors a group of athletes to travel the country introducing and teaching the sport of slacklining. For more information about Gibbon Slacklines or the sport of slacklining, visit www.gibbonslacklines.com/us. Connect with Gibbon Slacklines USA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.
About Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson present Michael Jackson ONE in Las Vegas, a new creation in residency exclusively at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Directed by Jamie King, this entirely new show is the second creative project to be developed between Cirque du Soleil and The Estate of Michael Jackson after the top grossing Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, currently playing arenas around the world. Michael Jackson ONE is Cirque du Soleil's 8th production in Las Vegas since Mystère in 1993. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,000 performing artists from close to 50 different countries. For show information, please visit: www.cirquedusoleil.com/mjone. Keep up with Michael Jackson ONE news and events on Facebook and Twitter #MJONE.
About Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay, a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning resort, is set on 120 lush acres featuring the award-winning Mandalay Bay Beach, a tropical pool paradise with real sand and the only climate-controlled, poolside gaming in the city. The Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning restaurants, exhilarating entertainment, unique shopping, Shark Reef Aquarium and the 1.7-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center combine to make Mandalay Bay a distinctive Las Vegas destination. In 2014, THEhotel, a stand-alone all-suite hotel at Mandalay Bay will be redesigned and rebranded Delano Las Vegas. Mandalay Bay is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).
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