Female skydivers set new free fall record in Arizona

ELOY, AZ - It was a spectacular free fall, with dozens of women jumping head first attempting to break a world record.

It took a few tries, but this weekend they nailed it in Arizona.

It wasn't a traditional jump for the 63 women who range in age from 20 to 53 years old.

They were doing a super-fast, dangerous sport known as free flying.

"It's vertical skydiving, so we're on our heads while we free fall," said participant Amy Chmelecki.

Saturday's attempts included the largest all-female formation ever.

They were upside-down, hurtling head first at 165 mph toward the Arizona desert near Eloy.

They were in free fall for a minute and a half using their legs as rudders to steer themselves into a flower shape.

The women say it's like standing in a hurricane, nearly impossible to move.

As if that wasn't hard enough, then comes the most dangerous part of the jump.

The divers, many of them non-professional, many of them mothers, break from formation in three waves, flying to a place where they have enough space to open their parachutes.

And now 63 daring women are in the record books. The previous record was a 41-woman formation, according to the Associated Press.

They began practicing on Thursday and Nancy Koreen, spokeswoman for the U.S. Parachute Association, said the participants included women from the U.S., Australia, Russia, France, England, Canada and Mexico.

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