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Jeanette Bolden Coaching Olympic Track Team

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Women's track and field coach Jeanette Bolden is doing double-duty this summer, coaching the U.S. Olympic women's track team. Coach Bolden is no stranger to the Olympics herself.

An Olympic gold medalist as part of Team USA's 4x100m relay at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Bolden placed fourth in the 100 meters at those Games and was a member of the 1980 Olympic team. Bolden recently finished her 14th year running the women's track program at her alma mater UCLA, where her squads have won three NCAA team championships and were runners-up at the 2005 NCAA Outdoors. In all, she has been part of five NCAA Champion teams, both as a coach and athlete.

Coach Bolden is currently in Eugene for the Olympic trials. Here are some excerpts from her recent press conference:

Q: What's it like for you from a head coach's perspective now that the Trials are here?

A: It's a situation where I am excited, nervous anticipating what is going to happen. I think the Olympic Games is an experience that I will never forget from an athlete's perspective. I think I will probably be more excited from the coaching end because now I have like 18 events to get excited about, opposed to my one or two events of the 100 meters and 4x100 (as an athlete). I want to make sure that all the "I's" are dotted and the "T's" are crossed. I'm excited and really hoping that the things I've learned in my past years as an athlete and now as a coach, I can maybe encourage someone and give a little bit of wisdom.

To read the rest of the Q&A, click here.

We wish Coach Bolden and the U.S. Track Team all the best as they go for the gold in Bejing.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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