Skydiving is one of those living-on-the-edge type of activities — something a person does to challenge him or herself or to simply get a quick, heart-thumping rush.
It’s also something many people associate with younger participants. And that’s what makes it noteworthy that San Diego native Johnny Picco was so adamant about taking the plunge this week in honor of his 100th birthday.
— Dominic Garcia (@DomCBS8) December 29, 2016
Picco told KFMB-TV that he made a resolution when he turned 99 last year that he would skydive if he made it to 100 — and he made good on that pledge on Thursday — an act that led reporter Dominic Garcia to call him a “rock star.”
“They told me I was crazy,” Picco told KFMB-TV of his family’s reaction when he first announced his intentions to skydive for his centennial, and added, “I feel fine just like I always feel.”
Watch Picco bravely jump out of a plane and parachute to the ground below:
As for why he made it to 100, Picco said it’s probably due to “good genes,” with the outlet noting that he’s seen an array of events unfold during his time, including both World Wars, the moon landing and 17 presidents, among other happenings.
He’s clearly pretty brave, to say the least.
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