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Gardner goes 'Over the Edge' for Special Olympics

Posted October 2, 2012
Updated October 5, 2012

— WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner became the latest member of the WRAL staff to go "Over The Edge" Friday for Special Olympics. Gardner rappelled 30 stories off the Wells Fargo Capitol Center Building on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics North Carolina.

Rooftop view: Elizabeth Gardner rappel Rooftop view: Gardner goes Over the Edge

The opportunity to rappel is available to those who raise $1,000 or more for Special Olympics. More than 100 people are expected to make the drop on Saturday.

Gardner's drop was broadcast live on WRAL's Noon News and on WRAL.com. Rooftop view: Elizabeth Gardner rappel Elizabeth Gardner goes 'Over the Edge'

She followed in the well-tethered footsteps of Ken Smith and Mandy Mitchell, who made the drop in 2010 and 2011, respectively.


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  • Huey Oct 5, 2012

    I am impressed! Way to go young lady! Maybe someone will give you a Wonder Woman costume for Christmas cause you are something else! And back home the kids are saying "Guess what my Mommy did today!"

  • artist Oct 5, 2012

    I love the Special Olympics.

    Spend a little time with these wonderful members of our society and all our political bickering seems irrelevant.

  • mcorson2 Oct 5, 2012

    Your more women then me Elizabeth!, I keep my feet on the ground! way to go!!!

  • billfranrichardson Oct 5, 2012

    I was there to watch her and some of the other media folks. It is an awesome adventure and way to bring awareness to our community. thank you WRAL for all your employees who are involved in the Triangle community. My husband did it for 2 years, including last year in a Chick-Fil-A cow suit!

  • baldchip Oct 5, 2012

    Way to go Elizabeth Gardner. That was exciting-watched you live on the news-from the side of the building!!

  • awood2 Oct 5, 2012

    good for her but I would much rather raise the money and ride the elevator!!

  • OpenM1nd Oct 5, 2012

    Much more of a thrill than riding an elevator! Makes me want to re-enlist.

  • itsyoureternalsoul Oct 5, 2012

    I guess after we figure out who Michelle Kardashian is?

  • davidgnews Oct 5, 2012

    So when is Michelle Kardashian gonna do it?

  • earnhardtfan4ever Oct 5, 2012

    great job, Elizabeth! wasnt that fun? i did that many years ago in the army, just repelling rope and D-ring and my own upper arm strength and legs! know cameras, no pullies and no saftey harness...it was if you do it right you wont get hurt thing, LOL! now that you have done that, why not take up real rapelling? Bonnie Page, Fayetteville, NC