104-Year-Old Woman From Chicago Set to Skydive Into the Record Books

Published 09/01/2023, 10:22 AM EDT

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In order to create an epic record, an old woman has decided to go skydiving. 104-year-old Dorothy Hoffner has made up her mind to break a few parachuting records. Skydiving is a sport that requires lots of courage. Falling from a great height is not an easy experience. A lot of medical tests need to be cleared before you are allowed to dive. For a woman who is 104 years old, this would be quite a task. Physically, she might not be at her best, and mentally, it would also be tough for her.

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Whether this entire event would turn out an interesting one or not, only time will tell. If Hoffner can pull this off, she would become the oldest woman to do so. Hoffner, who turns 105 years old in the month of December, does not seem to be rattled by the idea and seems fairly confident. She does not consider herself a dare devil but believes she can pull this off.

Should we consider this bravery or foolishness?

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According to skydiving organizations, the speed at which a person or tandem divers fall towards the earth is typically around 120 miles per hour. At such a serious pace, a lot can go wrong for a 104-year-old woman. She can get unconscious mid flight or could even get a heart attack. Is all this worth a risk taking for? Hoffner on the other hand feels very comfortable with the idea of sky diving at 104 years old. She had her first experience of sky diving four years back when she was 100 years old.

“I was only 100 years old then,” she told WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty on Wednesday.

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Plans to return to sky diving again

According to Hoffner she plans to return to sky diving again when she completes her dive. She has plans of returning to Skydive Chicago in Ottawa on September 7 for one more attempt. This time she wants to complete the jump with a U.S. Parachute Association-certified instructor. If Hoffner is able to complete her jump this time around and if the Guinness book certifies it, then she would make history. Hoffner would surpass a 103 year old Swedish woman who also jumped her way into the record book last year. It would be a huge achievement if Hoffner is able to pull off this record. She will definitely prove to the entire world that indeed age is just a number.

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Anirban Chatterjee

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Anirban Chatterjee is a fresh Sports Viral Moments writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his higher education from Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences as an MBA in Sports Management. He represented Jharkhand State Cricket Team in different age groups starting from u-15 till u-22 level.
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