The tiny Russian village where everyone's a tightrope walker

The tradition began more than a century ago as a way to impress the ladies, according to legend

Tightrope walker
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Tucked away in Russia's southern mountains, there is a village called Tsovkra-1. In many ways, the little hamlet is like so many others scattered across the remote region. The villagers face harsh winters, tough days of working the unforgiving land, and young people leaving the mountains for the promise of big-city adventures.

Those who remain in Tsovkra-1, though, do have one unique claim to fame. Nearly every single able-bodied villager can walk the tightrope.

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