104 Year Old Chicago Woman Breaks World Skydiving Record
I've always wondered why you often see "skydiving" on various people's bucket lists. I get it when you see things like visit the pyramids, see the Eiffel Tower in person, walk along the Great Wall of China, swim with dolphins and/or sharks, etc.
Most of those things are very far away from here and involve considerable expense, but skydiving? There are multiple spots in Illinois that will happily take care of all your skydiving needs, and when you compare the costs to some of the other bucket list items I mentioned, you'll find skydiving to be a much-cheaper pursuit.
So, bottom line, if skydiving is on your personal bucket list, go get it done and draw a line through it. That's what Dorothy Hoffner, who is 104 years old, did over the weekend, and it wasn't even her first time.
On Sunday, Dorothy Hoffner Broke The World Record For The Oldest Person To Ever Tandem Skydive Out Of An Airplane
Four years ago, when Dorothy was just a 100 year old kid, she took her first skydive. After landing safely, it seems that Dorothy wanted to do it again, but she decided that her next jump needed to be special and different. She wanted to set a world record.
So, she got together with Skydive Chicago in Ottawa and instructor Derek Baxter, who said that Dorothy made his job easier because she seemed to know what she was doing.
That’s because Dorothy does know what she’s doing, she jumped out of a plane once before, when she was 100.
“I was having dinner with Dorothy and I mentioned I was going skydiving and she said I want to do it too,” said Dorothy’s friend Joseph Conant.
Dorothy had such a good time, that she brought up again this year.
“I looked up to see who the oldest skydiver in the history of the world was and it was a Swedish woman who was 103, and I realized Dorothy would break the world record,” Conant said.
Here's what it looked like on Sunday at Skydive Chicago:
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