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


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.

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.