When Australia's new generation of winter Paralympians fly into Sochi they will take with them the country's youngest ever competitor.
Ben Tudhope - who turned 14 in December - has earned the right to skip the first few months of Year 9 at his Sydney school to compete with Australia's 10 other athletes at the Games, starting on March 7.
The Australian Paralympic Committee on Tuesday named Tudhope in a national team consisting of six alpine skiers, two sighted guides and, for the first time, three snowboarders, to compete in the Russian city.
It's a brave new world for a mostly youthful team minus stalwarts Marty Mayberry, Bart Bunting and Shannon Dallas since the 2010 Vancouver Games.
And while the team may be tiny compared with host Russia's 78 athletes and 117 coaches, the Australians have enjoyed some notable international success, boosting hopes of medal success.
Veteran alpine skier Cameron Rahles-Rahbula will contest his fourth and final Games on the back of his two Vancouver bronze medals (slalom and super-combined), having retired from the sport last September only to return for one last shot.
While the rest of the team have been training and competing in Europe and the US since November, the 30-year-old will leave Australia this week to join the group.
"It's definitely a different scenario for me," Rahles-Rahbula said.
"I won't have the preparation I would usually have, but that's sort of a bonus because I'm not putting any great expectations on where I am."
Rahles-Rahbula will be joined by two-time Paralympian Toby Kane, 27, who as a 19-year-old was the youngest team member when he won bronze (Super G) at Torino 2006.
Vancouver Paralympian and current giant slalom world No.2, Mitchell Gourley, 22, will provide the pair with stiff competition in the men's standing class.
Vancouver bronze medallist (slalom) Jessica Gallagher and Melissa Perrine enter the women's vision-impaired class in formidable form, both winning multiple IPC World Cup golds this year.
Australia's first female sit-skier, newcomer Tori Pendergast, will round off the squad's largest-ever female contingent when she straps herself into her hi-tech sit-ski to hurtle down the mountains at 80km/h.
Three Para-snowboarders will contest their event debuting in Sochi courtesy of two wildcard spots.
Tudhope, born with cerebral palsy that has caused a partial paralysis of the left side of his body, will race through turns, obstacles and jumps against "full-grown adults", including teammates 41-year-old Trent Milton and Joany Badenhorst, 19.
Australia's Chef de Mission, Chris Nunn, said the team was reaching its peak at the right time with a particular emphasis on the alpine skiers.
"All of them (alpine skiers) except for Victoria (Pendergast) have been to a Paralympic Games before, all of them have won medals over the last two World Cup seasons and all of them are medal contenders in Sochi," he said.
Most of the Australian team are currently competing in Switzerland before they head to Austria and finally to Sochi after the Winter Olympics finish on February 23.
Alpine skiing: Jessica Gallagher, Christian Geiger (guide for Gallagher), Mitchell Gourley, Toby Kane, Victoria Pendergast, Melissa Perrine, Andrew Bor (guide for Perrine), Cameron Rahles-Rahbula. Snowboard cross: Joany Badenhorst, Trent Milton, Ben Tudhope.