Lindsey Vonn improved to eighth place in her second training run Wednesday before her first race this year Friday in Lake Louise, Alberta.
“I’m hoping for Friday to start off with a goal of a top-five,” Vonn said. “We’ll see where I end up after that.”
Vonn placed 18th in her first training run Tuesday, saying she wore a brace and wasn’t going to take risks that she might normally take during races.
On Wednesday, Vonn completed the course in 1 minute, 52.34 seconds, which was 1.69 slower than Slovenian leader Tina Maze.
Vonn can choose to take one more training run Thursday before this weekend’s races — downhills Friday and Saturday and a super-G on Sunday at a venue nicknamed “Lake Lindsey.”
Vonn, 30, won seven straight World Cup races in Lake Louise from 2010 to 2012. She finished first or second in 17 of 19 World Cup races there from 2006 to 2012.
The 2010 Olympic downhill champion hasn’t raced since Dec. 21, 2013, when she aggravated her surgically repaired right knee in a World Cup race in Val d’Isere, France. She underwent more knee surgery in January, ruling her out of the Sochi Olympics.