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102-year-old woman sets record for the oldest person to jump: “I’m just a normal person’

An Australian woman was the oldest person to skydive, at 102 years of age.
(SA Skydiving)

An Australian woman recently celebrated her birthday by jumping out of a plane 14,000 feet in the air, becoming the oldest person to ever do this.

Irene O’shea took the plunge to celebrate her 102nd birthday and to raise money for Motor Neuron Disease (Lou Gehrig’s disease), who took her daughter’s life years ago.

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This is O’shea’s third time to participate in bold activities with SA Skydiving, which describes the woman as “an absolute joy to have in the drop zone.”

On Dec. 9, O’shea and her three-time-instructor on board an aircraft for the flight. After going over the safety measures, the two completed a “smooth, beautiful free fall”, which ended with a “perfect” landing in the near enthusiastic friends and family.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m the same as everyone, just a normal person,” O’shea said.
(SA Skydiving)

When a local news station asked O’shea about an adrenaline junkie, she replied: “as far as I’m concerned, I’m the same as everyone, just a normal person.”

While O’shea may be the current record holder, she is definitely not the first person to celebrate a milestone birthday with an adventurous activity.

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If Michigan wife Dottie Sambiagio turned 90 in August, she was inspired to follow in George H. w. Bush’s footsteps and take a dip, literally, by going skydiving. She described the experience as “beautiful.”

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