Shapiro was a member of the United States Olympic cycling team, but did not compete due to the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Shapiro was one of America's top cyclists in the 1970s and 1980s. After winning the 1980 New York State Cycling Championship and making the U.S. Olympic team, he was presented with the Suffolk County Medal of Honor; the medal has been presented only six times in the last twenty years.
Nicknamed "The Bullet," Shapiro finished second in the prestigious Coors International Classic in 1982, third in 1983, and won the event in 1984. The following year, he became only the third American in history to compete and finish the Tour de France. Two years later, he broke his hip twice and while doctors told him to retire, Shapiro continued to compete at a high level. In 1988, while wearing a protected hip pad, Shapiro won the National Capitol Open and the nationally televised Las Vegas Sports Festival Criterium.
A consummate team-player, Shapiro was a member of some of America's top cycling teams in the 1980s. In 1997, his Team 7-11 (the first American team to be successful in Europe) was inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. Shapiro is also a member of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Commack, New York.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. Sept. 15, 1959
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