102-year-old Dorothy Custer BASE jumps from Idaho bridge

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by KTVB.COM

NWCN.com

Posted on June 3, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 5:55 PM

TWIN FALLS -- 102-year-old Dorothy Custer is no stranger to extreme sports -- Or TV cameras.

Last year, the congenial centenarian zip-lined over the Snake River Canyon to celebrate her 101st birthday.

That stunt came after two appearances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno where the harmonica-playing, Twin Falls native quickly became an internet sensation and was dubbed "America's Sweetheart."

So how did she top last year's birthday zipline adventure?

Dorothy took part in a tandem BASE-jump off of the Perrine Bridge in celebration of her 102nd birthday on Sunday.

Similar to skydiving, BASE jumping (BASE stands for Buildings, Antennas, Spans, and Earth) is an extreme sport where participants jump off of a platform or cliff and deploy a parachute before landing on the ground.

As the parachute opened, Dorothy and her BASE jump instructor soared above the Snake River before coming to a gentle landing on the shore of the river.

America's sweetheart was indeed, swept off her feet. However, she says the ride was a bit of a letdown.

"It was too short!" Custer said after the jump. "I don't know why it went down so quickly, but that was alright. There's nothing left to do but just live now."

When she's not thrill-seeking, Dorothy says she tries to sew as much as she can, which is probably a tad safer than jumping off bridges.

However, we suspect Dorothy will find yet another exciting way to celebrate her 103rd birthday next year.

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