So when Shiffrin held a pre-Olympics news conference Saturday, 48 hours before the first of what could be five events for the American skiing star at the Pyeongchang Games, the initial question was not about her 2014 slalom gold medal or her five-race World Cup winning streak last month.
Vonn - who has snubbed an invite to the White House and says she is representing her "country but not her president" - has won an all-time women's record of 81 World Cup races and has consistently asked to compete in a men's event.
If there's one thing NBC likes to talk about, it's NBC and with Vonn injured for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, they brought her on to do pundit work in NY, but they completely flubbed the execution by branding it "Vonn will cover the Winter Games".
"I'm going to win for him".
"I really want to put an exclamation point on my career".
The 33-year-old, who won downhill gold in Vancouver 2010, said: 'I want so badly to do well for him.
"She's a definitely a bigger star than me", said Vonn, unabashedly making goo-goo eyes at Lucy, as her faithful companion sat at the foot of stage, where the greatest downhill racer in US history took measure of all the big victories and painful injuries in her career.
And even though Vonn is healthy now, her knee injury still affects everything she does. Because the men go first, Vonn was able to march in her first Opening Ceremony since 2002. With all Vonn's travails - she figures, given all her injuries, she has spent three complete years in rehab - it was easy to downplay her potential impact here.
"But I figured, she's always with me", Vonn said, "so I need her for the most important event".
"I'm of Norwegian descent and so I feel like I'm pseudo team member of the Norwegian team". 'I'm skiing exceptionally well and I have a lot of confidence. "I know what I'm capable of, and I think I know how to handle myself better than I did".
The speed specialist, who will not compete in Giant Slalom, wants to ensure that she takes full advantage of her fourth Games.
"I've been waiting a very long time for these Olympics. Even though he had more wins, he had a different schedule than her and had many more opportunities and different risk tolerance". Before Vonn headed back onto the World Cup circuit last fall, she made what has become an annual sojourn back to their simple house, where she sleeps on a house in the basement. I'm going to give it everything I have and whatever happens will happen.
Yes, there's a little insight into how Vonn thinks.
"Hopefully they can find me a guy now", she said, then paused.
Then, moments later, she spoke about skiing in his memory. Linsdey Vonn has been an Olympian since she was a teenager. I got Lucy, she travels with me everywhere.