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John Napier leaves bobsled team

Updated: May 9, 2012, 12:55 PM ET
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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- United States bobsledder John Napier is leaving the sport and will try to become a member of an elite military unit.

The 25-year-old Napier, a sergeant in the Vermont National Guard, volunteered for a five-month tour in Afghanistan after competing in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and was deeply affected by it.

Napier, a native of Schenectady, N.Y., will try to join a special operations unit in the U.S. Army or the U.S. Navy, according to the (Albany) ...

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