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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

USOC Parries Harding

The U.S. Olympic Committee countered Tonya Harding's $25 million lawsuit by arguing that competing in the Games is not a right but "an honor and a privilege" only the USOC can bestow.


In papers asking an Oregon court to dismiss the suit, the committee said Thursday that Congress gave it sole authority to decide who takes part in the Olympics. Harding filed her lawsuit Wednesday, asking for damages and a court order to block a USOC hearing set for Tuesday in Norway that could get her banished from the Games for her actions surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on Nancy Kerrigan.


A judge was scheduled on Friday to hear Harding's request for a court order. The Games begin Saturday in Lillehammer, Norway, but women's figure skating does not start until Feb. 23.