The remarkable story of Dorothy Hoffner, a 104-year-old resident of Chicago, illustrates that age is indeed just a number. Dorothy defied expectations by embarking on a tandem skydive at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, leaving her walker behind.
With cheers from the crowd echoing her sentiment, Dorothy proved that age should not limit one’s aspirations. She had previously taken a skydiving plunge at the age of 100 and displayed an unwavering spirit this time as well.
With the assistance of her dedicated instructor, Dorothy ascended the steps to the plane, exclaiming, “Let’s go, let’s go, Geronimo!” Her exhilarating seven-minute journey led her to jump from a jaw-dropping 13,500 feet, executing a perfect forward roll in the sky before gracefully descending to the ground.
Skydive Chicago is now working to secure Guinness World Records certification for Dorothy Hoffner’s remarkable feat. The current record is held by Sweden’s Linnéa Ingegärd Larsson, achieved at the age of 103 in May 2022. However, Dorothy’s incredible accomplishment is poised to rewrite history.
Despite her age, Dorothy is not done with adventures. She is set to celebrate her 105th birthday in December and has her sights set on yet another challenge—a hot air balloon ride, an experience she has never had before. With a twinkle in her eye, she expressed her excitement for the upcoming adventure.