NY woman celebrates 100th birthday with sky dive

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Posted: Nov 11, 2014 11:55 AM
NY woman celebrates 100th birthday with sky dive

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. (AP) — Eleanor Cunningham of Howes Cave, New York, has bested former President George H.W. Bush.

He celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving; she made the big leap to mark her centennial.

Cunningham kissed her 7-month-old great-great-granddaughter before suiting up for her 100th birthday jump Saturday at Saratoga Skydiving in Gansevoort (GANZ'-voort). It was her third jump, after taking up the sport at age 90.

Cunningham lives with her granddaughter in their Schoharie (skoh-HAYR'-ee) County home in central New York. Her doctor signed off on the skydiving expedition, saying her health makes her more than capable of doing what she loves.

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Dean McDonald of Saratoga Skydiving says Cunningham is his oldest jump partner yet.