Los Angeles Times

Women's rowing

Key dates: Aug. 1, pair, quad finals; Aug. 2, eight final; Aug. 3, doubles final; Aug. 4, lightweight doubles, singles finals Venue: Eton Dorney, Buckinghamshire Big story: The U.S. women's eight won gold in Beijing and gold at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 world championships. They will be as big a favorite in the eight as the U.S. men's and women's basketball teams. Canada and Great Britain are the best hopes to stop the U.S. dynasty. Top U.S. prospects: Besides the eight, the women's quad has had success on the world stage, winning silver at the worlds last year. Others to watch: The British women expect medals in the double scull, pair and eight. Little-known fact: Mary Mazzio, a member of the 1992 U.S. women's team made an acclaimed documentary, "A Hero for Daisy," about two-time Olympian Chris Ernst, a Yale rower and Title IX pioneer. Scott Heavey/Getty Photo