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Updated Nov 28, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Women to try mass skydiving record in Arizona

In this Oct. 25, 2013 photo, members of an international team of skydivers practice a head-down dive at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, Ariz. An international team of women skydivers has the lofty goal of setting a new all-female vertical world record, and they'll attempt the feat in the skies over Eloy. Skydive Arizona, in Eloy, will serve as the base for the team, which will attempt a 65- to 80-way jump on Thanksgiving Day. (AP Photo/The Casa Grande Dispatch, Jason Peters)

ELOY, Ariz. -- A group of nearly 100 female skydivers gathered in Arizona on Thursday as they prepared to try to break the world record for an all-female mass-formation jump.

The group planned a series of jumps from Skydive Arizona in Eloy on Thanksgiving Day as they geared up for the record-breaking effort that will likely come Friday or Saturday at the site about 65 miles south of Phoenix.

Thursday's jumps will allow the skydivers to practice joining up in formations, said Nancy Koreen, a skydiver and spokeswoman for the U.S. Parachute Association.

The skydivers hope to break the previous record of a 41-woman formation.

Participants include nearly 40 Americans and 50 women from Australia, Russia, France, England, Canada and Mexico, Koreen said. They'll be competing for slots on a record attempt set for Friday or Saturday.

The group plans multiple jumps each day from four aircraft flying as high as 16,000 feet. The skydivers will try to build a formation as they plummet head-first toward the ground at speeds approaching 170 mph.

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