You also make a statement with your tattoos, which are incredible.
MCW: I have a lot of tattoos — tattoos of people who inspire me, from all walks of life. Bob Marley. Muhammad Ali, Evel Knievel. I’m a massive Bruce Lee fan and have him on my leg. People who were larger than just their sport. They’ve made me who I am.
TS: What is a typical day like for you?
MCW: I wake up at 7am an go to the gym until around 9am. Then on to fencing for about 6 hours — training, meetings, sponsorship stuff. My days are busy but I love it. Right now there are a lot of opportunities, and it’s exciting. That’s also the beauty of fencing — there are always so many things that can happen, and you need to just be ready for them.
TS: You and I both really like that kind of energy, which is really the energy of New York.
MCW: I love being here in New York. I was born in London, and New York made me. I never forget my roots in London, but being able to represent America in the Olympics is amazing. It’s really cool to see both sides of the sword, so to speak. I think that’s one of the reasons we hit it off right away, this love of British culture and American heritage.
TS: You’re just back from Budapest, where the U.S. Men’s Foil team cinched the 2019 World Championship. Congratulations, buddy. What do you take with you on the road to stay focused and at the top of your game?
MCW: A good hoodie is my number one. A great duffel bag. Headphones. Essential oils — the one I’m using now has lavender, citrus, rosemary. My nutritionist gave it to me for energy. I love essential oils.
TS: What’s coming up next for you?
MCW: Well, I’m working on my foundation [the Miles Chamley-Watson Foundation], building a couple of business projects, working with Nike and Red Bull. Training really hard, having a great time and hoping we make the 2020 Olympics. I’m trying to live by my motto, #CreateaLegacyNotaMoment. I’m enjoying the journey and embracing everything. It’s a long year ahead, but right now I feel incredible.