Nelson Vails

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Nelson Vails
NelsonVailsFeb07.jpg
Vails in February 2007
Personal information
Born (1960-10-13) October 13, 1960 (age 61)
Harlem, New York

Nelson Beasley Vails (born October 13, 1960) is a retired road and track cyclist from the United States. He rode as a professional from 1988 to 1995 representing the US at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, where he became the first African American to medal in cycling.[1] He won the silver medal in the sprint, behind countryman Mark Gorski.[2] He was inducted to the US Bicycle Hall of Fame in 2009.[1]

Vails was also seen as a New York bicycle messenger in the film Quicksilver. He didn't just play a bicycle messenger in "Quicksilver," he worked as one in New York City. His nickname was "The Cheetah.".[3] After his sporting career he has worked as a cycling commentator for major TV networks and taken part in cycling safety programs.

In 2005 Vails was inducted into the Lehigh Valley Velodrome Cycling Hall of Fame.[4]

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
2nd Jersey rainbow.svg 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. ^ a b Bowen, Bob. "Nelson Vails | USBHOF". Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Nelson Vails". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Mara Bovsun. "Fastest Cat – Nelson Vails". Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame". Valley Preferred Cycling Center. Retrieved February 6, 2017.