Woman, 101, paraglides into world record books

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SALT LAKE CITY | A 101-year-old Utah woman soared into the record books Tues­day with a tan­dem paraglide ride last year to usher in her birth­day.

Great-great grand­mother Mary Hardi­son of Og­den was of­fi­cially rec­og­nized as the “Old­est Fe­male to Paraglide Tan­dem” by Guin­ness World Records. She has sup­planted a 100-year-old woman from Cyprus who took her flight in 2007.

Mrs. Hardi­son flew with an in­struc­tor on Sept. 1 while four gen­er­a­tions of her fam­ily watched and cheered. The flight went smoothly and even in­cluded a few tricks that Mrs. Hardi­son en­cour­aged.

In a ques­tion­naire sub­mit­ted to Guin­ness, Mrs. Hardi­son said she wanted to paraglide be­cause her 75year-old son be­gan do­ing it as a hobby. “I didn’t want him to do some­thing that I couldn’t do,” Mrs. Hardi­son said.

Fear never en­tered the equa­tion for Mrs. Hardi­son, who took all of the adult rides at Dis­ney­land to cel­e­brate her 90th birth­day.

Mrs. Hardi­son told Guin­ness that there was no rea­son for her to be ner­vous about paraglid­ing be­cause many other peo­ple have done it with­out any prob­lems.

“If it’s safe for them, then it’s safe for me,” she said.

Her ac­tions have in­spired oth­ers.

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