Nelson Vails: The Harlem kid who became US cycling’s first Black Olympic medalist

Nelson Vails: The Harlem kid who became US cycling’s first Black Olympic medalist


February is Black History Month in the United States and Cyclingnews will be featuring stories both looking back at Black accomplishments in the sport and toward the future. In this feature, we check in with Olympian Nelson Vails.

In the world of cycling, Olympic medalists are rare, and medalists from the United States even rarer. But Nelson Vails is a one of a kind: the first, and only, Black Olympic medalist from the USA in cycling, with silver in the individual sprint behind teammate Mark Gorski in Los Angeles in 1984.



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