Back when I worked at USA Cycling, I would get calls from parents usually about 2 years out from the Olympics asking how their son (almost always a son) could make the Olympic cycling team for the upcoming Olympics. Often the kid was under 16.
(The receptionist often sent me the calls she did not know what to do with and our national team coaches were never in the office and would never respond if they were).
Often the kid had never raced a bike other than his friends down the street. So I would go through a short explanation that he really needed to join a club or find a local cycling coach and start training but that most of our male road cyclists were in their late 20s/early 30s. Too often the parent (dads mostly) would say "Yeah, but he is REALLY fast."