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At 90+, They Did What?!

Posted By Kotei Kotey On August 12, 2014 @ 4:37 pm In Notebook | No Comments

Bungee jumping [1]When it comes to seeking thrills, there’s apparently no age limit [2]. 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 [3], 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 [4], told the Caters News Agency. “She wasn’t scared at all. She didn’t even scream during the jump.”

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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.

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In 2012, Peggy McAlpine, 104, reclaimed her title as the oldest person ever to go paragliding, taking back her record [7] from a 101-year-old American.

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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.

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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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Photo: Tim0 Newton-Syms/Wikipedia


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[1] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/687px-Bungee_jumping_in_Helsinki.jpg

[2] no age limit: http://possibilities.aarp.org/

[3] Sky Breakers: http://www.skybreakers.com/eng/index_eng.htm

[4] on video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mdTsbTUlh4

[5] >> Slideshow: 11 Things You Should Never Do Again After 50: http://www.aarp.org/personal-growth/transitions/info-06-2011/jacquelyn-mitchard-things-to-never-do-again.html#slide1?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[6] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlHagB_HPRE

[7] taking back her record: http://www.today.com/id/46796728/ns/today-today_news/t/-year-old-grandmother-sets-paragliding-record

[8] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GSrWGYwdTU

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[10] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuqzjLUtMDQ

[11] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZhumgja-H0

[12] A Millennial’s Hard Look at Grandparents’ Generation: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/08/12/a-millennials-hard-look-at-grandparents-generation/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

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