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Homework question - Philippe Petit's knees Answered

#2 Son is doing a short talk at school on Philippe Petit, the Frenchman that tightrope-walked between the Twin Towers.

He has plenty of information, except he has found several references to a move Petit did called "knee salutes".  He would like to do one in front of the class, but we can't find an image or description of the move.

Anybody know?

(Edit: Best Answer chosen by #2 Son)


Isn't that when he kneels down on the rope, like a fencer lunging.

Here you are. He balanced on one knee while saluting. Original article can be found here http://www.thevastpictureshow.com/2008/09/review-man-on-wire-45.html

Interesting question.
It's a "knee salute", I think it may have been a "trademark" as the 'net points back to him on that.
I'll say it's a raised-knee, but I couldn't find an image.


Although I could find this knee-picture


I was thinking more this, without the fancy hands.


Have a look at the video - 'Man On Wire' - and see if you can get any ideas of this 'knee salute'


8 years ago

This is a "knee salute" although I didn't know there was a name for it. I recall having seen tightrope walkers assume the pose, with their balance bar across their out stretched arms.

I'd imagine it's similar to a slacklining move we do. One knee touches the line, the front foot stays flat.