She's also a social-media expert who shares the good, the bad and the ugly with her followers.
And unfortunately, her latest revelations fit into the last category.
Vonn announced on Instagram that she's ending her season and leaving the World Cup circuit — despite being the overall leader in the current standings — due to three fractures in her leg.
Most pics Vonn posts tend toward fun — like her showing off the latest Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, in which she appears wearing body paint.
But she doesn't shy away from showing herself in situations that most celebrities would rather hide from the public.
An example: In November, as we reported, she Facebooked a video of her hand after it was mauled by one of her pets.
Just a typical weekend...I tried to breakup my dogs fighting over a frisbee and got bit. I seem to be injury prone on and off the slopes lol. At least I have a good jimmy Fallon costume for a belated Halloween costume don't worry though, I'm skiing tomorrow! Thx Dr. Viola for fixing me!Posted by Lindsey Vonn on Saturday, November 7, 2015
Her communications took another medical turn after a crash this past Saturday, February 27.
This photo notes that initial exams revealed a fracture....
Got caught in the soft snow today and crashed pretty hard. X-rays showed I have a hairline fracture in my left knee and will get an MRI Monday. I will wait and see how I feel tomorrow to decide if I can race. Will keep u updated. Thx for all of the support and well wishes. Means a lot! Also congrats to my teammate @lalalaurenne on 2nd place today!
She followed with a graphic shot of her knee being drained....
...and an X-ray with a helpful graphic pointing out a "pretty substantial fracture in my tibial plateau."
The consultation with trainers noted in the caption above obviously led to a tough decision, which Vonn spells out in detail under a photo of her on the slopes — where she won't be for a while.
Today I am making the difficult decision to end my season and leave the World Cup circuit due to an injury I suffered last Saturday. Because I am currently leading the Overall World Cup standings, this is one of the toughest decisions of my career. When I crashed on Saturday in Andorra, I fractured my tibial plateau. The traditional X-rays that were taken that afternoon showed a hairline fracture, but the tibial plateau appeared to be stable and did not pose significant risk to competing. So I raced on Sunday. After the Super Combined on Sunday, I went to Barcelona where more precise MRI and CT equipment was available and scans were performed on Tuesday morning. Those images showed that there was not just 1 hairline fracture, but in fact 3. And the fractures are not hairline, but instead they are significant enough that they are not sufficiently stable to permit me to safely continue skiing. Further damage any of the fragments could result in a serious surgery that would risk my future in ski racing. With the World Championships in St. Moritz next year and the Winter Olympics in South Korea the following year, I cannot take that risk. So I have made the decision to end my season. I am very proud of what I have been able to accomplish this year: 9 World Cup victories, breaking the World Cup downhill win record, breaking the World Cup Super G podium record, and winning the most World Cup discipline titles--20--of any skier, male or female. While I am confident that I'm making the right decision, it still doesn't make this decision any easier. Thanks to everyone who supported me and stood by me through it all. Best of luck to all the World Cup competitors. I'll see you again next year. Xo LV
Count on Vonn to keep us up to date with her rehabilitation. That's the kind of thing a social-media pro would do.