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

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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.

Rebellion confirms LMP1 return, all-star line-up for WEC super season

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Rebellion Racing has confirmed it will return to the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2018/19 ‘super season’ with an all-star line-up featuring Le Mans winners Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer.

Rebellion raced in LMP1 as a privateer between 2009 and 2016 before stepping down to LMP2 for the most recent season, capturing the class titles at the first attempt.

Following a push from the WEC and Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) to make LMP1 more appealing to privateer teams, Rebellion announced on Wednesday it would return to the premier class for the 2018/19 season with a two-car effort.

WEC LMP2 champion Bruno Senna will return with Rebellion next year, as will Mathias Beche, with the pair set to be joined by four new faces.

The most notable arrivals are Porsche factory drivers Lotterer and Jani, both of whom were left without an LMP1 drive following the closure of the German manufacturer’s program at the end of the season.

American racer Gustavo Menezes will also join Rebellion, stepping up after two years in LMP2, while outstanding 2017 rookie Thomas Laurent completes the Swiss team’s line-up.

“I am looking forward to coming back where my endurance career started nine years ago,” said Jani.

“Rebellion Racing played a huge role in my career and also helped me become a factory driver for Porsche. When Porsche stopped in LMP1, it was clear for me that I wanted to race again for Rebellion.

“With the new regulations, I hope we can reach the overall podium at Le Mans and with a bit of luck, maybe we can even grab some wins during the super season of WEC.”

“I am very happy to join the champion Rebellion team,” added three-time Le Mans winner Lotterer.

“The LMP1 project is very exciting and to be able to go on with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA WEC challenge is something I did not want to miss.

“I am motivated and looking forward to have a great time with great people there.”