Nelson Vails

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Nelson Vails
Nelson Vails in February 2007
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Cycling
Olympic Games
Silver LA 1984 Individual Sprint
Pan American Games
Gold Caracas 1983 Individual Sprint

Nelson Beasley Vails (born October 13, 1960 in Harlem New York) is a retired road and track cyclist from the United States. He rode as a professional from 1988 to 1995 representing the USA at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, where he won the silver medal in the 1000-meter Match Sprint, behind countryman Mark Gorski. Vails was the first African-American cyclist to win an Olympic medal and he was inducted to the US Bicycle Hall of Fame in 2009.

Vails was also seen as a New York bicycle messenger in the movie Quicksilver (film). He didn't just play a bicycle messenger in "Quicksilver," he worked as one in New York City. His nickname was "The Cheetah.".[1] After his sporting career he has worked as a cycling commentator for major TV networks and taken part in cycling safety programs.

Vails entered the Lehigh Valley Velodrome Cycling Hall of Fame.[2]

Palmarès[edit]

1983
1st Pan American Games, individual sprint
1984
2nd Olympic Games, sprint
1st MaillotUSA.PNG US National Track Champion, individual sprint
1st MaillotUSA.PNG US National Track Champion, tandem sprint
1985
1st MaillotMundial.PNG Track World Champion, tandem sprint
1st MaillotUSA.PNG US National Track Champion, tandem sprint
1986
1st MaillotUSA.PNG US National Track Champion, tandem sprint

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mara Bovsun. "Fastest Cat - Nelson Vails". Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  2. ^ "Hall of Fame". Valley Preferred Cycling Center. Retrieved 3 March 2014.