During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Sgt. John Napier said he hoped to soon deploy with his unit to Afghanistan as a member of the Vermont National Guard. But the Army apparently preferred for the world-class bobsledder to continue his training stateside.
Napier said in a recent interview that he’s pretty uneasy about that decision.
“The feeling of guilt I have not being over there weighs heavily every day,” Napier told the Albany Times-Union.
Napier, who finished 10th in the 2-man bobsled in Vancouver, is now training at Lake Placid as part of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program. He’s recovered from a neck injury he suffered during the four-man competition in Vancouver, and is preparing for world cup season.
“It stinks not going [to Afghanistan]. That was and is where my heart is,” he told the paper. “I was kind of really let down inside, that I wouldn’t get the opportunity to serve over there.”
Read the full Times-Union story here.