Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/14/14
As an 11-year veteran of U.S. rowing, coxswain Mary Whipple has seen plenty of talented women's eight crews in her time. She's been the driving force behind five world champion boats and was part of the lineup that won the Olympic title in Beijing in 2008, ending a 24-year wait for the gold. Still, Whipple believes the crew at the London Games could top them all. ''We are working towards becoming one of the crews that future rowers and teams across all sports look to for inspiration,'' she said. ''That would be a dream come true.'' Certainly U.S. rowing is looking to them for inspiration when their heats start Sunday. The women's eight stand out as the best - and possibly only - chance of U.S. gold at Dorney Lake over the next nine days. They're undefeated in the last six years, and they even slashed their own world-best time by more than a second in a World Cup race in Lucerne, Switzerland, in May. Six members of the boat that won in Beijing are back for another shot at gold,...
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