Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story Aug 12, 2013

Nelson Vails has been receiving a good amount of media coverage over the past few months and now, this Indigogo Campaign has launched to fund a documentary about the track racer. Here’s the trailer for Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story.

“Nelson Vails’ story is a triumph over almost insurmountable odds. Nelson was the youngest of 10 children growing up in the Harlem projects and worked as a New York City bicycle messenger to support his family. Nicknamed “The Cheetah” because he was the fastest cat in the jungle, Nelson rode furiously while working, trained in Central Park after work and raced locally on weekends.

He was thrust on to the world stage, represented the USA at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where he won the silver medal in the individual 1000-meter Match Sprints, behind countryman Mark Gorski. Becoming a pioneer for the African-American cycling community, this documentary explores the beginnings of his life in Harlem and his impact on the future generation of cyclists worldwide.

It follows the triumph of Nelson’s achievements with the sobering reality of what becomes of athletes after retirement. We see Nelson’s resurgence today as an advocate for recreational cycling and as a role model for the African-American community, culminating in a reunion with teammate and opponent Mark Gorski, as they revisit the site of their historical race.

In the end, Nelson’s story is simply about a kid whose love for the bicycle led him to transcend racial and economic barriers to becoming a legacy.”

See more here.

  • mat Terwilliger

    This is amazing…donate the banner ad monthly rates from just 1 month and it can be made in fucking 3d..haha..for real though every company out there should pitch in and give back 2 a person and cause worth supporting…shit..all these made in Taiwan just pick out and match your colored parts companies..these lifestyle fucks,basically attempting to skim the essence,and nurture the bank account..this guy won a silver in LA in 84,and is a true inspiration…one of a few godfathers of *your whole fuckin styyyllleee.GIVE BACK.

    *your so vain..i’ll bet you think this post is about you..don’t you ..don’t you.- CARLY SIMON VOICE.

    • Sneakerguru562

      whats with this comment ^

  • Prince Racster

    whattttttt is this black people on prolly nice!!

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      lol

  • jeffs

    When I was a kid my Dad took the family to Trexlertown a few times, and I remember Nelson racing. Faaaaaaast.