Do the Champley-Watson
Miles Chamley-Watson will compete Friday at the Rio Olympics for the U.S. fencing team in the quarterfinals of the men’s foil. If you watch, pay close attention, because Chamley-Watson may pull off a move that has the fencing community buzzing.
As the former standout for Penn State’s fencing team told The New York Times, the move is called “The Champley-Watson.” The move requires putting your sword behind your head and making contact with your opponent, and it stems from Chamley-Watson’s desire to add some excitement to the sport – he told
the Times that he enjoys hearing the crowd go “ooooooh” when he does this because, “It’s really nice to bring that different type of feeling, a new phase to a sport that’s one of the oldest.” (He’s not all style over substance, of course: In 2013, he became the first American male to win a individual senior world championship.)
His favorite part, though, is how his opponents react to the move: “They’d rather get a yellow card than get embarrassed on live television. I don’t blame them.”
Bill DiFilippo, online editor