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Svindal the overwhelming favorite in Friday's race

Updated: November 29, 2012, 5:14 PM ET
Associated Press

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. -- No Bode. No Didier. No Beat.

At least there's still Aksel.

Some of the biggest names in downhill racing will be missing from the Birds of Prey hill Friday. Didier Cuche is, of course, now retired after an illustrious career and Bode Miller remains in recuperation mode following microfracture surgery on his left knee nine months ago.

Also absent is Swiss star Beat Feuz, who's skipping the season because of a knee ailment.

That's a lot of star power ...

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