Olympic Silver Medalist – Nelson Vails, USA
OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST
The road began in Harlem, NYC for “The Cheetah”, Nelson Beasley Vails. Harlem may seem an unlikely beginning for a cycling legend, but it was there that Nelson started on the path to become the first African-American to win an Olympic medal in cycling. His silver medal from the 1984 Los Angeles Games is the crowning jewel to a prolific and successful career on both the track and road. Cycling has taken him down many roads around the world, and Nelson’s contribution to cycling’s history was recognized with his induction into the US Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2009.
Welcome to Tomorrow
Of the thousands of pedal-pushing messengers in Manhattan, only one has become a World-Class Cyclist. From the projects in Harlem to the Olympic Games and now the U.S. Bicycle Hall of Fame, Nelson Vails has demonstrated that he has been able to beat the odds and continues to see the world on two wheels.
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