Lindsey Vonn hopeful about return after first training runs since re-injuring knee

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Lindsey Vonn has an Olympic gold medal and four World Cup championships. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Lindsey Vonn has an Olympic Downhill gold medal to go with her 4 overall World Cup championships. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Lindsey Vonn may be back to competitive skiing as soon as next week's World Cup events in Alberta, Canada, according to Pat Graham of the Associated Press.

After making three Super-G trial runs Friday morning, Vonn said her knee was healing ahead of schedule.:

"Definitely, I'm encouraged," she said. "It's looking a lot better than everyone expected. Things are going well."

Vonn said she is trying not to rush herself, but said she started to feel comfortable again as she got more aggressive during the morning's runs. When asked if she would be able to participate at the upcoming World Cup of Skiing events at Alberta's Lake Louise, the Olympian said that she could not be sure yet, but if her progress continued at its current rate, she would compete.

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Vonn tore a ligament in her knee earlier this month in a crash during a practice run. She has not been able to compete since injuring that same knee in a crash early in 2013.