74 Misty Hyman – Swimming Olympic Champion

Want to know how mathematics and science can help you to succeed at swimming?

Olympic champion Misty Hyman tells us about her winning formula on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr podcast.

The innovative American shocked the World when she took gold at the 2000 Sydney games in the 200 metres butterfly event.

Recently working as an assistant coach for Arizona State University, Misty talks to Richard about working with Michael Phelps’ coach Bob Bowman.

The former World Record holder is fascinating on the mental side of sports in this programme.

Particularly on reaching the optimal state of mind and getting in the zone.

Diet, recovery and travel are also all included in the conversation.

You can continue to follow Misty’s journey at mistyhyman.com.

73 Natasha Watley – Softball Olympic Champion

Natasha Watley was part of the United States softball team that won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

On this episode of the Best in the World with Richard Parr, Natasha talks about the difficulty of retiring and even hints at a comeback.

The American is coaching in Japan and discusses the differences in culture, language, food and playing style.

Natasha reveals her disappointment of not being able to compete at the 2012 and 2016 games.

The Natasha Watley Foundation is also discussed on the show and you can find out more about it on her website here.

Natasha is also on Instagram and Twitter at @natashawatley29.

72 Jonny Moseley – Moguls Olympic Champion

Freestyle skiing Olympic Champion Jonny Moseley joins us on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr.

Jonny took gold in the moguls event in the Nagano games in 1998. He missed out on a medal in the 2002 games in Salt Lake City where he performed the Dinner Roll trick.

We talk about Jonny being an innovator in the sport on this week’s programme.

Jonny Moseley is now launching his own snack food line called Mighty Iota. On the podcast he tells us how being an Olympic champion helps him in his new business.

Richard also talks to Jonny about fear, marketing and if he ever officially retired.

The former Saturday Night Live host now has his own web series called Jonny Moseley’s Wildest Dreams.

You can watch the slackline episode here.

Jonny Moseley is also on Twitter and Instagram  and you can find more about him at jonnymoseley.com.

70 Jochem Uytdehaage – Speed skating Olympic Champion

In 2002 Jochem Uytdehaage broke World Records in the 5km and 10km speed skating events to win two gold medals.

This week he is our guest on the Best in the World with Richard Parr.

The Dutch skater talks about the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual sides of being an Olympic champion.

The 2x World Champion explains to Richard his thoughts on having a balanced life.

Jochem Uytdegaage discusses the successes and failures throughout his career, in particular what went wrong after his victories at Salt Lake City in 2002.

You can learn more about Jochem on his website www.deuytdhaaging.nl.

He’s also on Twitter and Instagram with the same handle.

69 Charlotte Kalla – Cross-country skiing Olympic Champion

Charlotte Kalla won gold in the 10km freestyle event at the 2010 Vancouver games and in the 4 x 5km relay at the 2014 Sochi games.

Our first cross-country skier is on the Best in the World with Richard Parr and is considered one of the greatest of all time.

The Swedish skier talks about choosing to train by herself rather than with the rest of the national team.

Charlotte Kalla discusses her training, rest and recovery routines on the programme.

The 2 x World Champion also explains why February 15 is an important day in her life.

How she copes with stress and what it’s like to have an airport named after her.

She also talks about her preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

You can follow Charlotte on instagram @kalla_87.

68 Theresa Zabell – Sailing Olympic Champion

Theresa Zabell won Sailing gold in the 470 class at both the 1992 and 1996 Olympics.

Theresa Zabell is our guest on this episode of the Best in the World with Richard Parr.

The 5-time World Champion now runs Fundacion Ecomar, which teaches children about sailing and the environment. She has also worked in the European Parliament. We talk about this on the podcast.

The Spaniard discusses her disappointment of not being selected for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Richard asks what it was like for Theresa to compete in front of her home fans in Barcelona in 1992.

Plus Theresa talks about raising sponsorship for her sailing team.

You can find more about Fundacion Ecomar at fundacionecomar.org and Theresa at tzabell.org.

67 Katerina Stefanidi – Pole Vault Olympic Champion

2016 Pole Vault Olympic Champion Katerina Stefanidi joins us on this edition of the Best in the World with Richard Parr.

Katerina Stefanidi talks about her husband being her coach and what they changed ahead of winning Olympic gold.

She also talks about her confidence ahead of this year’s World Championships.

The Greek athlete admits that she is scared of heights. She talks about flipping houses and studying at Stanford.

Katerina also tells Richard about growing up in an athletic family, the changes she has made to her diet

She also tells us her experience of the Athens Olympics.

You can continue to follow Katerina’s journey on Twitter

66 Kelly Clark – Snowboarding Olympic Champion

Kelly Clark won gold in the halfpipe at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

On the programme Kelly Clark talks about singing before competing, her recovery routine and travelling.

The snowboarder explains on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr why she is just as proud of her two bronze medals (2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics) as she is of her gold.

Kelly tells Richard about how she copes with injuries and how her preparations are going for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The Kelly Clark Foundation provides youth with the resources and opportunities to achieve their highest potential through snowboarding.

You can learn more about the foundation here. You can follow Kelly on twitter @Kellyclarkfdn 

65 Michelle Carter – Shot Put Olympic Champion

With her last throw in the competition Michelle Carter became the Olympic Shot Put Champion in Rio de Janeiro last year.

Michelle Carter relives that moment on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr podcast.

Confidence becomes the keyword of her conversation with Richard.

Michelle discusses her ‘You Throw Girl Sports Confidence Camp’.

The American talks about coping with hypothyroidism and how make-up keeps her confident.

We also learn about Michelle’s family including her rivalry with her sister and her relationship with her dad.

Her father, Michael Carter, is her coach and a former Olympic silver medalist in shot put.

His father was also a three-time NFL Super Bowl winner.

If you would like to learn even more about Michelle head to her website and you can follow her on twitter.

64 Joe Jacobi – Olympic Canoeing Champion

In 1992, Joe Jacobi became an Olympic Champion canoeist.

Along with Scott Strausbaugh, they claimed gold in the C-2 event in Barcelona.

They were the first American team to capture gold in whitewater slalom.

This week, Joe Jacobi is Richard’s guest on the Best in the World.

Joe explains to Richard that a flowing river is a great metaphor for life. He talks about correcting mistakes, his influences and how he prepared for the 1992 Olympics.

Joe was the CEO of USA Canoe/Kayak for five years between 2009-14. He explains how he worked with other people in that role and how he coped with the pressures of the job.

Last year Joe had his gold medal stolen but managed to get it back after 7-year-old Chloe Smith found it in a bin! Joe tells us about that story on the podcast.

Each week Joe puts out an inspirational newsletter.

You can sign up to Sunday Morning Joe here.

You can find more about Joe  Jacobi at joejacobi.com and you can follow him on Twitter @joejacobi