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Life as a U.S. Professional Track Racer - Nelson Vails

Interactive documentary video of Nelson's life in Europe, narrated by Nelson Vails with Q&A opportunities

Nelson Vails 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 sprint. 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." 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. He was inducted to the US Bicycle Hall of Fame in 2009.