Lindsey Vonn 2nd in France downhill training, speeding up return

Lindsey Vonn had the second-fastest run in World Cup downhill

training Thursday as she increased the pace in her comeback from


The American finished only 0.04 seconds behind Dominique Gisin

of Switzerland, who clocked 1 minute, 49.07 seconds on the

Oreiller-Killy course.

Defending overall champion Tina Maze was third, 0.16 behind.

The downhill race is scheduled for Saturday with a giant slalom

to follow on Sunday.

Vonn has five World Cup wins in Val d’Isere and also won two

golds at the 2009 world championships.

Earlier this month, Vonn raced for the first time in 10 months

after a serious knee injury and a partial re-tear of one of two

knee ligaments that were reconstructed.