Former United States rower Kate Mackenzie believes the United States women's rowing eight will win the gold medal in Thursday's final.
"I think you're gonna see a race between the US and Canada but I think the US women are gonna be gold medalists this year," Mackenzie said.
Mackenzie, who lives in Fenton and rowed with the U.S. in Athens in 2004, said at the Saginaw Rowing Club she thinks Canada is the only team that can challenge the Americans.
The United States are the favorites to win their second straight gold medal in the Summer Olympics. The women's eight have won five straight world championships. During that streak, they won the gold medal in Beijing in 2008 for the first time since 1984.
"They looked phenomenal, they looked strong," Mackenzie said of the Americans' showing in their heat on Sunday, which they won. "They weren't even pushed so I think there's a lot of horsepower there."
The United States will compete on Thursday at 12:30, local time in London.