updated 9/13/2004 1:48:16 PM ET 2004-09-13T17:48:16

Polly Gifford jumped out of an airplane at 14,000 feet over the weekend to celebrate her 93rd birthday. It was her first jump, and probably her last, she said.

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Gifford says she was inspired when former President George H.W. Bush jumped in June at age 80.

She says that she shook as she fell during her skydive on Saturday — not from fear but “just from the fun of it.”

A friend set up the jump with West Point Skydiving Adventures and gave it to Gifford as a birthday present.

Unlike many people her age, Gifford lives independently and still drives. Every day, she works out on her treadmill and stationary bicycle.

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