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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Harding, Kerrigan Meet Face to Face

HAMAR, Norway -- Face to face in the Olympics at last, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan greeted each other without rancor, chatting during a chance encounter, then posing for a U.S. figure skating team picture.


Everyone around sighed in relief.


"That broke the ice for all of us," said Paul George, head of the skating team, who joined them for a photo session in the athletes' village.


Still, Harding and Kerrigan posed in the photograph from opposite sides, separated by four teammates.


They had not planned to see each other so soon.


Kerrigan's coach, Evy Scotvold, hoped she would not see Harding at all, except on the ice.


By midday, the two had already met in the athletes' village, where they share a house with teammates. Kerrigan was walking up a path from the main building, while Harding was walking down with some friends. They stopped, looked at each other, and spoke a bit. There were no handshakes or hugs, but also no hostility.


Harding's arrival sent a buzz through the Olympics from the rinks to the slopes. Now, it seemed, the Games were really set to begin.


Harding spent 15 hours in planes and airports from Portland, Oregon, to Oslo, before she arrived Wednesday.


She was accompanied by her choreographer, Erika Bakacs; her coach, Diane Rawlinson; and her lawyer, Dennis Rawlinson, Diane's husband, who filed, on Harding's behalf, a $20 million suit against the USOC, which was dropped when the USOC agred to let Harding compete.