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Photo: Jeanette Bolden-Pickens, an Olympic gold medalist and a former head coach of the U.S. Olympic women’s track and field team, spends her days now running the 27th Street Bakery Shop.
(Andy Wong / Associated Press)

Jeanette Bolden-Pickens’ legacy should be solid gold. She won a gold medal for the United States as a sprinter in the 1984 Olympic Games, a victory for the home team.

Bolden-Pickens struck gold on the track at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. From there, head east on Martin Luther King Boulevard, then turn north on Central Avenue until reaching the corner of 27th Street. The drive takes about 10 minutes, and it takes Bolden-Pickens back to her childhood.

She grew up at the 27th Street Bakery. Her grandparents sold baked goods in the front of the store and lived in the back. If she was not in school or on the track, you could find her at the bakery.

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