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Judge will hear argument on Friday

8/4/2004

A federal judge will consider Friday whether
mountain bike racer Susan Haywood should be restored to the U.S.
Olympic team.

USA Cycling originally said Haywood would compete in the
mountain bike race in Athens because she led U.S. athletes in the
International Cycling Union rankings.

But rider Mary McConneloug protested that Haywood's ranking was
calculated improperly, and an arbitrator agreed with McConneloug -- who then was named to the lone spot on the team.

Haywood is protesting the decision, arguing that she learned of
the arbitration hearing the day it occurred and therefore was
unable to thoroughly present her case.

Sean Petty, USA Cycling's chief of staff, said the dispute was
unfortunate.

"We respect both athletes' rights to challenge the process and
exercise all their options, because it's obviously a very important
decision," Petty said.