102-year-old woman parachutes from Idaho bridge

By David Edwards
Monday, June 3, 2013 13:24 EDT
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102-year-old Dorothy Custer
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Dorothy Custer celebrated turning 102 on Sunday by parachuting from a bridge in Idaho.

For her 101st birthday last year, Custer zip-lined over the Snake River Canyon. This year, however, she told KMTV that she had planned to have a “very calm birthday.”

But those plans changed when her family gave her a tandem jump with professional BASE jumper, Sean Chuman, for her birthday. In BASE jumping — which stands for Buildings, Antennas, Spans, and Earth — participants jump off of platforms and then parachute to the ground.

“That was a thrill,” Custer says just after landing in a video published by KING. “But it was so quick! It was over with before I knew it.”

“There’s nothing much left to do but just live now,” she explains.

KTVB noted in 2012 that a clip of Custer appearing on Jay Leno’s show quickly became the station’s most-watched video of the year.

Watch this video from KING 5, broadcast June 2, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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