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Winter Olympians have the need - the need for speed

Luge - Winter Olympics Day 1

during the Luge Men’s Singles on Day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sliding Center Sanki on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Adam Pretty

Ask any NASCAR, IndyCar or Formula One fan about their favorite drivers, and they’ll tell you they’re a bit different from normal people to want to go as fast as they do on a speedway or a road course.

That same personality quirk is embedded in those Winter Olympians that choose to shred down the slopes at 90+ mph or zoom through a twisty ice track headfirst at just inches above the surface.

To them, speed is not scary. Speed is just part of what they do - a constant, chaotic companion in their quest for Olympic gold.

But why do folks like Lindsey Vonn (Alpine skiing), Erin Hamlin (luge), Matt Antoine (skeleton), and Steven Holcomb (bobsled) embrace it?

NBC Olympics correspondent Jimmy Roberts has more on the subject over at

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