Gabby Giffords Skydives with Savannah Guthrie

Her big jump marked the third anniversary of the Tucson shooting.

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Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., took a cue from former President George H.W. Bush and went skydiving Wednesday, but her jump marked a big leap: it's been three years since the Tucson, Ariz., shooting that nearly took her life.

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Giffords did her dive with Navy SEAL Jimmy Hatch, she wrote on Twitter, and with NBC News' Savannah Guthrie, who also interviewed Giffords for the Thursday edition of the "Today" show. "Wow @GabbyGiffords sticks the landing," Guthrie tweeted at the conclusion of the former congresswoman's jump.

Here we go! #GoGabby

— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) January 8, 2014

Wow @gabbygiffords sticks the landing! Amazing and inspiring. See it as it happened on @todayshow tomorrow

— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) January 8, 2014

Beforehand, Vice President Joe Biden gave the Arizona Democrat a call.

Thanks for the good luck call @VP @JoeBiden. Join me next time?

— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) January 8, 2014

Giffords also penned an op-ed for the New York Times reflecting on the anniversary, the day a gunman "put a bullet through my head and killed six of my constituents," she wrote.

She discussed her "endlessly repetitive" rehab. "I had to learn to sign my name with my left hand," she noted. "And it's never easy, because once you've mastered some movement or action or word, no matter how small, you move on to the next. You never rest."

And she got political, talking about how frustrating the gun control debate has been. "Many of you were outraged at the failure of the Senate to pass the background checks bill, and so was I," she said. Giffords said she'd continue with that fight, approaching it much like her rehab: step by step. "I've seen grit overcome paralysis," she said. "My resolution today is that Congress achieve the same."

But what Giffords really did was bury the lede. "This past year, I have achieved something big that I've not spoken of until now," she wrote. "Countless hours of physical therapy – and the talents of the medical community – have brought me new movement in my right arm."

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