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On the surface, Roger Hudson and Asenathi Jim are a classic pairing of opposites. Roger, who is in his 30s, grew up in a world of privilege, taking to sailing from a young age under the tutelage of his father, sailing great David Hudson. Asenathi Jim, 20, grew up in a ghetto, a relic of South African apartheid and a scar on the country's modern landscape.
Jim was an unlikely sailor, but as a teen he joined a sailing program for disadvantaged black youth and, showing promise, joined the Hudson family's sailing team under their foundation, RaceAhead. The foundation is designed to bring together sailing teams that represent a more diverse and accepting South Africa. As Jim improved his skill, Roger Hudson took notice, and in 2010 the team began sailing together.
Their diverse backgrounds aren't the only thing that make Hudson and Jim special. Many Olympic sailing teams have been together for years, whereas Hudson and Jim have been together for less than two years. They are not a favorite to medal, but they have skyrocketed in the world rankings during their short time as partners, so they are hoping to make an impression during this year's Olympics -- and, hopefully, pave the way for Olympic success in 2016.
But to Hudson and Jim, it's not just about sailing. Sailing is about teamwork, and for this team of sailors from a country still haunted by the ghosts of racism, they are a symbol of a better society. "When we put aside our different backgrounds and cultures to work together, we can be very strong," Hudson says.
Jim agrees, and says that strength reaches far beyond their sport. "We are going to be a light in South Africa -- a good combination in and out of the water," he says.
The duo will compete in Monday's men's 470 sailing competition.