Residence New York, NY, USA
Occupation Athlete, Model
Languages English, Spanish
Higher education Sport Management - Pennsylvania State University: State College, PA, USA
|Tokyo (JAPAN), 2016-11-11||Isla de Margarita (VENEZUELA), 2010-06-11||Estado Vargas (VENEZUELA), 2009-06-12|
|Bonn (GERMANY), 2016-02-05|
|Budapest (HUNGARY), 2013-08-06|
|San José (COSTA RICA), 2010-08-03||San Salvador (EL SALVADOR), 2009-07-02|
|Cartagena (COLOMBIA), 2013-06-17|
|Panama (PANAMA), 2016-06-21|
|Montreal (CANADA), 2017-06-13|
|Shanghai (CHINA), 2015-05-15||St-Petersbourg (RUSSIA), 2010-05-24|
When and where did you begin this sport? He first tried the sport in an after-school programme at age 10 in New York, NY, United States of America. He entered his first competition at age 11, and at age 15 he began to consider a career in fencing.
Why this sport? "I used to get into trouble all the time growing up and I was put in an after-school programme at my school. I tried a few different sports there, including fencing. With a sword in your hand, you feel quite powerful. I think that's what really drew me to fencing. Since then I've never looked back."
Club / Team The Fencers Club: New York, NY, USA
Name of coach Simon Gershon [club]; Irene Gershon [club]; Greg Massialas [national], USA
Training Regime "I box and do a lot of explosive work like box jumps, and try to combine that with hand-eye coordination exercises. I do this one drill where I'm working on a sliding machine as my trainer throws two tennis balls at me and calls out which one to catch. I stretch every morning and then again every evening. I go to physical therapy every day between a morning workout at the gym and fencing practice in the afternoon."
Hobbies Shopping, listening to music, reading, photography, modelling, spending time with friends. (teamusa.org, 13 Jan 2019; Facebook page, 05 Jul 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in individual foil at the 2013 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (redbull.com, 04 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career His family, and coach Simon Gershon. (redbull.com, 13 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol English footballer David Beckham. (observer.com, 20 Oct 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He has a tattoo of the word 'Risk' on his hand that he looks at before each bout. "I always tell myself to take risks. Even if it's a close call, if it's a tied match, no matter what, take risks. Ultimately, people who take risks wins. People who don't, they don't win." (express.com, 29 Jul 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Create a legacy, not a moment." (express.com, 29 Jul 2018)
Awards and honours He was named an Athlete Role Model for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, People's Republic of China. (fie.org, 20 Aug 2014)
Other sports He competed in varsity football and basketball at high school. (teamusa.org, 13 Jan 2019)
Milestones He became the first male US fencer to win individual gold at the world championships when he triumphed in foil at the 2013 edition in Budapest, Hungary. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 Jun 2017; insidethegames.biz, 09 Aug 2013)
Ambitions To win his second gold medal at the world championships. (express.com, 29 Jul 2018)
Other information THE CHAMLEY-WATSON
He has a fencing technique named after him. 'The Chamley-Watson' was first used at the 2009 World Championships in Antalya, Turkey, when he wrapped his arm around the back of his head to strike the opponent. "People have tried [to use the move on him], but obviously it doesn't work. I get little kids doing it, I've got people doing it at competitions. I love seeing it. You know, it is called the Chamley-Watson, so I love seeing it. But no one's going to be able to do it better than me." (express.com, 29 Jul 2018; mileschamleywatson.com, 01 Oct 2016; YouTube, 18 Apr 2012)
He works as a model in his spare time. "Modelling and fashion and all the other stuff comes second. For me, that's a healthy distraction. I enjoy that other side of my life because if I'm only focusing on fencing and competing I would go crazy." (footwearnews.com, 07 May 2019)
FROM ENGLAND TO THE UNITED STATES
Born in London, England, he moved to New York, NY, United States of America, with his family at age eight. At age 12 he relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before returning to New York at age 21. (Facebook page, 17 Jun 2017)
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