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Embedding the “speed” mantra for Olympic athletes (VIDEO)

Feb 17, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

Miller of the U.S. skis during the men's alpine skiing Super-G competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Reuters

There’s several sports in the Winter Olympics that, for lack of a better term, may require you to have a screw loose.

Skiers are captivated by speed. So are those athletes competing in the bobsled, luge and skeleton competitions.

Turns out it may not be a “screw loose” after all, but in fact a “risk” gene that some athletes have.

In this video from NBC Olympics, some medical experts including NBC News’ Chief Medical Editor Nancy Snyderman explain what drives some of these extreme athletes to compete in these speed-dominated sports. In some cases, it’s because they’re born with it.

We will note in advance: although the transition from Snyderman mentioning an Formula One car does segue nicely into an F1 sound, the video shown is of NASCAR at Daytona, which is about as far a cry from an F1 car as you’ll get. Except for, you guessed it, the similarity of speed.

And F1 will have a new sound in 2014, too, because of the switch from the outgoing V8 engines to the new, smaller 1.6L turbocharged V6s that come into play this new season.

  1. worknman24hours - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    There is little more terrifying and exciting as watching a world class downhill skier at the very edge of his skis traction almost totally out of control and making it down the whole course.

    Formula One could well learn a lesson here that the cars need to grip less and slide more.

    Put the drivers back in the mix.

    • redrock81 - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      or you could just watch the World Rally Championships 😀

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