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U.S. Skier Fights Bear Attack

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: Former U.S. Ski Team member Ani Haas was on "Today" recounting a horrifying, but ultimately lucky experience. The 24-year-old freestyle skier was jogging on a trail near her home town of Missoula, Montana on Friday July 29. She then noticed some black bear cubs scramble up a tree, which is when she suddenly found herself being charged by their mother. Haas tried to run away, but was not fast enough. She turned around to face the bear as it lunged at her and used her fists to strike its head. Haas was also able to grab a large rock and used it to hit the bear. She threw the rock at the bear as she backed away. 'I noticed the more quiet and calm I became, the more quiet she was,' she said. Incredibly, the bear lost interest and went back to her cubs. Haas walked backwards for about five minutes, praying the bear wouldn't come back. She then jogged back to her car and drove to the hospital, suffering only minimal flesh-wounds. Haas, who was a member of the U.S. ski team up until last year, said her father bought her a gift after her brush with the bear last Friday. 'I got an industrial-sized can of bear spray,' she said.
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