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Watch An 80-Year-Old Woman Go Skydiving And Nearly Fall to Her Death

Submitted by on May 29, 2012 – 11:34 amOne Comment
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When you’re 20 years old, you think that nothing can kill you. When people are that young, they think they’re invincible. So, doing something like skydiving is commonplace. But, once you reach a certain age, you start to think things through a little more before you do them and you realize, “Holy $^%&! This could be pretty dangerous.” It’s one reason you don’t see many 80-year-old women jumping out of airplanes.

But, to mark her 80th birthday last year, Laverne Everett threw caution to the wind and acted like a 20-year-old for the day by going skydiving. She’d always wanted to do it and she realized she wasn’t getting any younger, so she went up in a plane with an instructor, jumped out of the plane, and landed on the ground. But, what happened in between her making her ascent and her landing is what has everyone on the Internet talking right now.

Although she denies that she had second thoughts about making the jump, you can see in the video that her jumping partner had to help nudge her out of the plane. From there, things started to go wrong. First, Everett started to slip out of her upper harness. Then, her shirt flew up over her head and made it difficult for her to stay in control of herself. Then, her jumping partner struggled to keep hold of her as the two catapulted towards the ground at 125 miles per hour. Finally, he did manage to get a good grip on her. But, the whole incident was caught on camera and looked really, really scary.

In the end, Everett was fine. She landed safely and, despite the scare, she’s maintained a good sense of humor about the whole thing. She’s even planning her next daredevil move. “I have never ridden in a race car,” she said recently.

Oh, to be young, er, old and stupid. What a life this lady is leading. We’re glad it didn’t get cut short.

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