VAIL, Colo. – For six months, Lindsey Vonn has thought about little else other than her reunion with skiing.

She spent four hours a day in the gym trying to get her surgically repaired right knee healthy enough to step back into her ski boots.

“I just want to go fast,” Vonn said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday. And soon, that will happen again.

Vonn is way, way, way ahead of schedule in her return to the slopes. She wasn’t supposed to be back on snow until around November. But she’s planning to ski this weekend in Portillo, Chile.

Nothing too aggressive, of course, just a few easy runs with the U.S. team to test out her knee. The four-time overall World Cup champion is eyeing a possible return to competition in late November at a stop in Beaver Creek, Colo., which is near her hometown of Vail. That’s about three months ahead of the Sochi Olympics in February, where she will defend her downhill title.