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For speed skaters like Travis Jayner and Allison Baver hitting the short track is like NASCAR on razor blades, filled with tight turns and big crashes. It makes the high speed sport one of the more intense in the Winter Olympics.

"It's exciting and scary all at the same time," Jayner said.

Up to six athletes at a time pack into a small rink to see who's the fastest in 500, 1000, 1500, and 3000 meter races, not including team relays.

Speed skating is something the United States excels at . In Olympic competition no other winter sport has brought home more medals. So far it's the leading contributor to the United States' medal count at the Olympic Winter Games, with 85 medals, a number equaled by no other winter sport for the United States.

In six months this team hopes to add to that number at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia.

"Sochi is so close," Baver said. "It's just full throttle full steam ahead for the games."


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