July 15, 2024

A 104-year-old American woman dies after skydiving

A 104-year-old American woman dies after skydiving

Record: 104-year-old completes skydive

Story: Anyone who thinks they’re too old to skydive can take the example of Dorothy Hoffner, a retiree from Chicago, Illinois. At 104 years old, she could soon be listed as the oldest female skydiver in the world. Last weekend, she completed a tandem jump from a height of more than four kilometres. “When we jumped, we were hit by a strong storm. I think we’ve flipped. “I found it very funny.” “If you feel good, you can do things like that. Sometimes I was afraid. But if you feel good, you should do it.” When they reached the ground, there was a loud applause from the record-breaking spectators. Even if the 104-year-old doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. “The jump was great, I enjoyed it. But I don’t understand why all those people were there. The only thing I contributed to was getting older. Dorothy Hoffner is looking forward to her 105th birthday in December 105. Then she wants to take things easy — with a hot air balloon ride next summer. The Guinness World Record for oldest skydiver was set in 2022 by a 103-year-old Swede.

October 11, 2023

A week after skydiving at the age of 104, American Dorothy Hoffner died, according to a friend.

Dorothy Hoffner was found dead Monday by staff at Brookdale Lakeview Nursing Home in Chicago, Joe Conant said. Hofner apparently died in his sleep on Sunday evening (local time). Conant, who works as a carer, became friends with the elderly woman a few years ago when he was looking after another resident at the home.

On October 1, Hofner made a skydive that could earn her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. “Age is just a number,” the senior citizen announced to a crowd as she landed at Skydive Chicago Airport in Ottawa, about 140 kilometers southwest of Chicago, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. She dived herself into the depths from a height of 4,100 meters using a tandem jump.

Dorothy Hoffner skydiving in Ottawa, Illinois.

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This was not her first time: she made her first skydive when she was 100 years old. According to Conant, he is taking care of the paperwork so that his girlfriend can now be posthumously confirmed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest female skydiver. However, he said that could take some time. The current record holder is Sweden’s Linnéa Ingegärd Larsson, who plunged into the depths with a tandem jump in May 2022 at the age of 103.

Dorothy Hoffner, 104, the world's oldest female skydiver, is shown here with tandem diver Derek Baxter.
Dorothy Hoffner, 104, the world’s oldest female skydiver, is shown here with tandem diver Derek Baxter.

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Conant said Hofner radiated amazing energy and remained mentally active until the end. “She was tireless. She just kept moving forward.

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