Gabriel Giffords drives again Friday for the first time since being shot

AUSTIN, TX - Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords drove again for the first time Friday, more than three years after she was shot by a gunman in Tucson, Ariz., according to Giffords' Facebook page.

Giffords called 2014 a "year of many wins" for her, from skydiving with a former Navy Seal to practicing French horn and working on her speaking and walking.

The drive took place at Circuit of the Americas, a Grand Prix facility in Austin, Texas, and Giffords was joined by her husband, Mark Kelly.

Giffords wrote that her return to driving felt "a bit like racing my motorcycle back in Arizona – but this time, it was just me, Mark and the pavement."

Giffords was shot on Jan. 8, 2011, at a public appearance at a Safeway in Tucson by Jared Lee Loughner, and six people died in the mass shooting. Giffords announced on Jan. 22, 2012 that would resign from Congress in order to focus on her recovery.

 

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