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Athlete Biography

Army Sgt. John Napier

ArmySgt. John Napier is a bobsled Soldier-athlete in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program stationed at Lake Placid, N.Y. He entered the Vermont National Guard in February 2007.

Napier is the 23-year-old son of an accomplished bobsledder and he began competing at age 8.

Since last March, Napier added 30 pounds of muscle that helped him emerge as a contender on the World Cup circuit. He currently is ranked No. 2 in the 2009-2010 World Cup point standings behind former WCAP driver Steven Holcomb, the reigning four-man world champion.

Noteworthy

  • 2010 U.S. Olympic Team
  • 11th place at 2009 World Championships in four-man
  • Fifth place at 2009 World Cup in Park City, Utah, in four-man
  • 17th place at 2009 World Championships in two-man
  • 11th place at 2009 World Cup in Whistler, Canada, in two-man
  • First place 2008-2009 America’s Cup Series in two-man
  • Third place 2008-2009 America’s Cup Series in four-man
  • 22nd overall word ranking in 2008
  • 18th place 2008 Four-man World Championships
  • 16th Place 2008 Two-man World Championships
  • Eighth place 2008 World Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y., in four-man
  • Eighth place 2008 World Cup in Park City, Utah, in four-man

In his coach's words:

“He just started training like a champion,” said WCAP bobsled coach Sgt. Bill Tavares, who also serves as the U.S. Olympic men’s bobsled assistant coach. “He did the right things. He ate the right things. And when he started putting on the weight and the muscle in the weight room, it was like a drug. He realized, ‘Holy cow, I can really get stronger and bigger and get that little extra.’ He did that little extra and he found the weight. ...And the scary thing is: he’s just begun. He’s just begun.”

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