Quite frankly, Miles Chamley-Watson doesn't care what anybody thinks. And as a nearly undefeated fencing champion who's singlehandedly changing both the physical and figurative face of the sport, it's a character trait that serves him well.
Standing at 6'4" with Olympic victories under both arms, Miles' fencing journey began as a result of after school punishment. London-born and New York-bred, Miles picked up fencing as a part of the program at nine-years-old and quickly started developing his skill. Shortly thereafter, he started winning local competitions and subsequently won the Junior Olympics before qualifying for the real deal. He participated in the 2012 Olympics, taking home the bronze medal, and in 2013, Miles became the first and only American to hold the title of World Champion in Senior Men's Foil.
In a continued list of origination, Miles is also the only fencer to have a move named after him. The "Chamley-Watson" not only denotes the inimitable play where Miles wraps his arms around his body to strike his opponent, but also his quick-footed, precise and never-back-down performance he never fails to deliver.
While there are plenty of sour critics opposing how Miles injects new life into fencing– especially a life teeming with hip-hop cool– the champ has little time to pay mind between daily workouts, international flights, and modeling gigs. "If you don't have haters, you're not doing it right," Miles affirms.
With the world at his feet, Miles is ready to transform his field and hopes to hit both the silver and mobile screen along the way. As demonstrated by one of his body-canvassing tattoos reading "LUCK" and neatly struck through with a thin line – luck is BS, because (at least in Miles' case) you make your own.