07/27/2012 07:51 EDT | Updated 09/26/2012 05:12 EDT

Mary Whipple sensing something big as US women's 8 bid to defend gold at London Olympics

WINDSOR, England - 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 literally been the driving force behind five world champion boats and was part of the eight that powered to Olympic gold in Beijing in 2008.

The London Games, however, could top it all.

Whipple says "we are working towards becoming one of the crews that future rowers and teams across all sports look to for inspiration. That would be a dream come true."

With an unbeaten streak stretching back to 2006, a U.S. eight containing six crew members from the Beijing Games is the huge favourite to win gold at Dorney Lake. It could easily be the United States' only victorious boat at the regatta.