Gabrielle Giffords has completed a skydive jump to mark the third anniversary of the Tucson, Arizona, shooting that left her critically wounded.
The former US congresswoman landed without any injury on Wednesday at a site between Phoenix and Tucson.
After completing her landing – a tandem jump with friend and former US Navy Seal Jimmy Hatch – Ms Giffords blew kisses and waved to a crowd of reporters.
“It’s been step by step since I was shot three years ago,” Giffords wrote on Facebook. “I’ve overcome a lot. Progress has come from working hard. Today, I grieve, I remember, and I take another step. I’m stronger now. I’m winning back movement in my right arm. So I have the opportunity to do something I love: skydiving with my friend, former Navy SEAL Jimmy Hatch. Southern Arizona will look beautiful, peaceful from the top of the sky.”
Giffords was shot alongside 18 other victims in a January 8, 2011 shooting during a meeting in a supermarket parking lot in Tucson, Ariz. Six people were killed in the attack. Giffords resigned from Congress in January 2012 to focus on her recovery.