When it comes to seeking thrills, there’s apparently no age limit. Consider the case of 95-year-old Margit Tall of Helsinki, Finland, who on Aug. 7 may have become the oldest woman ever to complete a bungee jump.
Tall, who walks with a cane, approached the staff of Sky Breakers, the firm that operates the highest bungee jump in Finland from a crane near her home, with no small measure of determination. “When she came to buy a ticket, she asked if there was an age limit, and we all thought she was joking,” Taneli Fils of Sky Breakers, who captured her 150-meter plunge (nearly 500 feet) on video, told the Caters News Agency. “She wasn’t scared at all. She didn’t even scream during the jump.”
Tall may be the latest 90-plus thrill-seeker, but she’s by no means the only one.
Meet 96-year-old Mohr Keet, bungee-jumping from the Bloukrans River Bridge in South Africa, the world’s highest bungee-jumping venue.
In 2012, Peggy McAlpine, 104, reclaimed her title as the oldest person ever to go paragliding, taking back her record from a 101-year-old American.
Then there’s Dorothy Custer, the 102-year-old base-jumper. Although Custer remarked that the 486-foot descent was “too short,” she evidently enjoyed celebrating her birthday that way.
Also, we can’t forget about George H.W. Bush, who marked his 90th with a tandem parachute jump (his eighth) near his summer home in Maine, making good on a vow he made five years ago.
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