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.