Injured in July 2009 Labonté Shines vs USA.
The goaltender spoke to WINIH.com on January 1st, 2010 after Canada won against USA 3-2 in a shootout.
“I sprained my ankle late July and was unable to play for 2 ½ months. Recovery took longer than I expected. I have never really been injured so figured I would be back in 2 weeks. I guess it takes longer. It was tough. I was always in the gym and the Olympics are coming and the year was going by so fast so I couldn’t wait to be back. Things have been great since I have been back in mid October. I had to work pretty hard. I feel like I am back. Tonite was awesome, winning in a shoot out. It was fun”
In November 2009 she did a Q/A with Heather McIntyre
Q: What are your thoughts on the competition the Midget Triple A teams have given you?
A: Everything is pretty similar I think. They are pretty good and pretty fast. It’s always fun to play them and we can’t believe most of them are 10 years younger than us or more. They are around 15, 16 years old, but they’re boys so they’re big and quick and shoot hard. They’re pretty good hockey players.
Q: Do you feel prepared for the Olympics after playing them?
A: Well, so far so good. We still have two more months. I think we’ve played 30 games so far so it’s fun for us to play them and they’re really helping us in our preparation for the Olympics.
Q: You’re not going to be too tired for the Olympics?
A: I hope not!
Q: Will there be changes in training prior to the Olympics?
A: Now we’re more focusing on the games. We’ve been training pretty hard the first two months so it’s more about the games because we have two to three games a week, so obviously we don’t want to be too tired for the games. We keep on training, it’s just a little bit lighter.
Q: Do you know who will play at the Vancouver Games?
A: No, not at all. That’s always a big surprise. Because you never know what’s going to happen. So we’re still battling, all three of us and I guess we’re going to find out who plays the night before the Games.
Q: What is the biggest thing you’re looking forward to in Vancouver?
A: I think just the whole experience in general. I’ve had the chance to go to two Olympics before and it was amazing, but I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like to play in Canada. It’s going to be pretty good. I’m looking forward to it.
Q: Will your family come to the Games?
A: Oh yeah, definitely, family and friends.