Jeanette Bolden

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Jeanette Bolden
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Born January 26, 1960 (1960-01-26) (age 55)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Jeanette Bolden (born January 26, 1960 in Los Angeles, California) is an American Olympic athlete who formerly competed in the 100 metres. She is currently the head coach of the track and field team at the University of Central Florida.[1]

World class sprinter[edit]

She competed for the United States in the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, U.S. in the 4 x 100 metres where she won the gold medal with her team mates 100 metre silver medalist Alice Brown, Chandra Cheeseborough and Olympic 100m champion Evelyn Ashford. She also placed 4th in the 100 metres in a time of 11.25 seconds.

Bolden has suffered from asthma throughout her life. Her athletic career came to a sudden end at the 1988 Olympic Trials when she ruptured her Achilles tendon just moments after teammate Florence Griffith Joyner set the still standing World Record in the 100 metres.[2] It was one of the most heartbreaking memories for her coach Bob Kersee.

Assistant coach[edit]

Unable to run with the same intensity as before, she applied her efforts to coaching, initially as an Assistant Coach at UCLA under Kersee.[3] Between 1994 & 2012, Coach Bolden has developed over 50 UCLA NCAA All-Americans in the sprints, hurdles and relays.[4]

Head coach[edit]

Bolden is currently head track and field coach for UCF after a successful tenure with UCLA's women's program.[5] In 2008, she served as the United States Olympic Women's Head Coach.[6]