Back from Afghanistan, Napier returning to bobsled

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Only a week after completing his service as an Army soldier in Afghanistan, Olympic bobsledder John Napier is planning a quick return to the World Cup sliding circuit.

Napier will resume sledding in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Monday. After a planned five days of training there, he’s eyeing a return to the World Cup circuit in Calgary, Alberta, in early December.

That would mean Napier only misses one stop on the World Cup circuit: The opener on the 2010 Vancouver Olympic track in Whistler, British Columbia next weekend.

“It is official,” Napier wrote in a text message to The Associated Press. “I will be back in Lake Placid Monday.”

His return has not been formally announced by the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, and it was presumed that Napier could miss as much as the first half of this season’s international schedule while he re-acclimates to civilian life. Napier was called to active duty by the Army in June, and went to Afghanistan after two weeks of intense pre-deployment training in Mississippi.

He was sent with the Army National Guard’s 86th Infantry Mountain Combat Brigade out of Williston, Vt. Napier announced last Saturday that he left Afghanistan, and he was able to remain in contact with friends and family during the bulk of his deployment.

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