Stacey Fluhler wont let her keyhole surgery slow her down

Stacey Fluhler’s Olympic gold medal mission in Tokyo is in full speed despite just recently recovering from a key hole injury.

The sevens speedster has been building many moments with the Black Ferns sevens before the Covid-19 pandemic broke out. But despite the hiatus of rugby sevens for over a year, Fluhler is just as fit and fast as ever.

Her piercing speed and quick feet will be an asset for the Black Ferns in the Olympic Games as they face rivals and fast improving teams in the big stage. Back in January the 27 year old had to undergo a knee surgery, to fix her meniscus problem so that she can reach her peak potential.

“I’m probably not where I need to be just yet. It’s been a bit of a niggle, but I’m all good now,” Fluhler said of her knee injury.

“I didn’t go to the last Olympics, and it’s a big dream of mine.”

The Black Ferns suffered a massive blow to their line up after Niall William’s was forced to withdraw due to a neck injury prior to the Oceania 7s. Williams was part of the silver medal team in the Rio Olympic games and would have played an important role to the team with her vast experience.

Fluhler missed out on the first Olympic Games, but will make sure that her presence in the Tokyo Olympic Games count.

“We’re just excited to get out of New Zealand, to be honest,” Fluhler said about the Oceania Sevens. “We’ve been here for so long and haven’t travelled for a long time.

“We know it’s going to be different,” she said of the current Covid-19 restrictions, specially as Japan has still been struggling to contain the virus.

“It’s the reality of the world right now, but all teams will be going through this.”

Fluher mention as well in an interview with a news website that the girls are hungry for gold.

“I know the girls are hungry for that gold because they only won silver [in Rio],” she said.

“It was still a massive achievement for the girls, but we’ve talked about it so much.

“We don’t want to come back without that gold medal.”