Miles Chamley-Watson is the first current or former Penn State athlete to win a medal in Rio.
The 26-year-old fencer helped the United States win the bronze medal in the team foil event on Friday. The Americans beat Italy, 45 to 31, to win bronze.
It’s the United States’ first men’s team foil medal since 1932 — and it’s only four years after Chamley-Watson and the United States lost to Germany for the 2012 bronze medal in London.
“This is a brotherhood,” Chamley-Watson told reporters after the bronze medal win in a story on Team USA’s website. “I hope this medal inspires a lot of people to see fencing as not just an Olympic sport, but something they want to get into.”
— Penn State Athletics (@GoPSUsports) August 12, 2016
Chamley-Watson, competing in his second Olympics, graduated from Penn State in 2013. While with the Nittany Lions, Chamley-Watson went 83-14 and earned All-American honors four times.
BRONZE!!! They did it! 45-31 over Italy! pic.twitter.com/5mehDs4q1k
— USA Fencing (@USAFencing) August 12, 2016
As Penn State notes on its athletic website, Chamley-Watson won the 30th Olympic medal by a Penn Stater.