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Asias Biggest Launch Party in 2012 to Feature Sky Walkers

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After officially revealing its 11 April 2012 opening date earlier this week, Sands Cotai Central unwrapped a little more of the mystery surrounding its opening celebrations, with a sneak peek into one of the key elements of the event day.

At a meet and greet event Wednesday, members of the press were introduced to world-renowned sky walkers Jade Kindar-Martin and wife Karine Mauffrey, who will traverse the 1,700-foot distance between Sands Cotai Central and The Venetian Macau-Resort- Hotel, while balancing 500-feet above the ground on a wire less than one inch thick. The pair will start Macaus first-ever high-wire walk from each building, meeting in the middle to engage in a key moment of Sands Cotai Centrals opening ceremony, representing the connection of both sides of the Cotai Strip.

Kindar-Martin started wire performing at the age of 14 with the acclaimed Circus Smirkus Youth Circus in Vermont, USA and later went on to study wire and circus arts in Canada and France. He, and fellow high-wire artist Didier Pasquette, set a Guinness World Record for their double skywalk across Londons Thames River in 1997. His second Guinness World Record came in 2007, crossing the half-mile-wide Han River in Seoul, South Korea. After four years with the world-famous Cirque du Soleil, Kindar-Martin now performs around the world and prepares to achieve even bigger walks. He also heads a team of artists offering special rope access rigging as well as circus acts and unique ambiance for special events.

After a successful 17-year gymnastics career in her native France, Mauffrey quickly transformed herself into an accomplished stuntwoman, performing in Hollywood films, television series and commercials. An invited member of the renowned and exclusive United Stuntwomens Association, she is also a veteran of two Cirque du Soleil shows. She and Kindar-Martin stay busy raising their two children at their home in the south of France, named Mas Pinet (which doubles as an artists retreat), while juggling work demands that regularly take both of them around the world.

Sands Cotai Central, a new integrated resort, will feature nearly 5,800 rooms and suites from partner hotels Conrad, Sheraton and Holiday Inn, along with two uniquely-themed gaming centres, expansive event space, luxury duty-free shopping, world-class dining choices and entertainment.

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