Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young have Olympic experience in their locker already having both competed at Vancouver 2010. Musgrave placed a best of 51st in the 30km pursuit while Young was a best of 60th in the sprint.
Both Musgrave and Young were still teenagers at the time, in a sport where it is perceived you get better with age, and in the four years since have improved immeasurably.
Currently based in Lillehammer, the two Brits – Musgrave is almost two years older than Young – have already started to make an impression in their adopted home of Norway.
One of Musgrave’s career highlights thus far was undoubtedly his second place finish in the 2012 Norwegian Championships, a performance that led to many locals questioning how their skiers were bested by a Brit.
Last season Musgrave also finished an impressive 11th in the sprint race of the Tour de Ski – cross-country’s equivalent of cycling’s Tour de France.
Young meanwhile made an impression on the Norwegian Junior Championships in 2011 where he broke in to the top ten. Both have met the Olympic qualifying standard for Sochi.
Still bidding to meet it are Musgrave’s older sister Rosamund, but better known as Posy, and Fiona Hughes, who joined the two men on the team for Vancouver 2010. She finished 67th in the 10km freestyle on her Olympic debut.