Olympian Eddy Alvarez Calls Speed Skating "NASCAR on Ice"

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Eddy Alvarez is the first Cuban American male speed skater to make the U.S. Olympic team and he's enjoying every minute of his time at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

"It's all totally unpredictable, and I'm addicted to it," Alvarez told People.

The 24-year-old athlete went on to explain the intensity of speed skating.

"It's like NASCAR on ice, with 18-inch blades strapped to the bottom of your feet," he said. "They're razor-sharp, and the blades are roughly three fingernails in width."

But that's not the only way the sport compares to NASCAR. Alvarez also said that the high speeds of this type of skating make it just as risky as race car driving.

"We hit speeds of about 40 miles an hour, and what's really intense about it is that you never know what's going to happen," Alvarez explained to People.

"You can be out in front of everyone, going into that last turn, then suddenly the ice will break out from under you and you slip and fall. What's even more crazy is that you can never really know who is going to slip and who they'll take out."

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