95 Gregor Schlierenzauer – Ski Jumping Olympic Champion

Nobody has won more World Cup titles than Gregor Schlierenzauer and he is our guest on this edition of the Best in the World with Richard Parr.

On this podcast, Gregor reveals what made him take a break from the sport and his new goals.

The Austrian talks about competing in pain at the 2017 World Championships in Lahti.

The large hill team Olympic Champion shares details of his diet and explains what goes through his mind before a jump.

You can learn more about Gregor on Instagram @gregorschlierenzauer and on Facebook.

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94 Brooke Bennett – Swimming Olympic Champion

At just the age of 16 Brooke Bennett won the 800 meters freestyle event at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

On this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr, Brooke describes being bullied at school after winning gold.

The American reveals the biggest influences on her career and how she coped with competing against more experienced swimmers

Brooke shares the changes she made to her training to win two more Olympic gold medals in the 400 and 800 meters in Sydney.

With two young sons and her own Academy, Brooke also discusses the importance of children learning to swim.

You can learn more about Brooke and her swim academy at bbswimacademy.com

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94 Brooke Bennett – Swimming Olympic Champion

At just the age of 16 Brooke Bennett won the 800 metres freestyle event at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

On this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr, Brooke describes being bullied at school after winning gold.

The American reveals the biggest influences on her career and how she coped with competing against more experienced swimmers

Brooke shares the changes she made to her training to win two more Olympic gold medals in the 400 and 800 metres in Sydney.

With two young sons and her own Academy, Brooke also discusses the importance of children learning to swim.

You can learn more about Brooke and her swim academy at bbswimacademy.com

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93 Hayley Wickenheiser – Ice Hockey Olympic Champion

Hayley Wickenheiser is a four-time Olympic Champion in ice hockey.

On this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr, Hayley talks about retiring from the sport at the start of 2017.

The Canadian discusses her plans to go to medical school, her businesses and her position on the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission.

The seven time World Champion reveals the greatest moments of her career.

She also reveals which players she was closest to and what it was like playing in Europe.

Hayley also talks about representing Canada in softball at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

You can learn more about Hayley at hayleywickenheiser.com and @wick_22 on Twitter.

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92 Jasey-Jay Anderson – Snowboarding Olympic Champion

“I started living a career through the journey as opposed to the result”.

After winning gold in the parallel giant slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Jasey-Jay Anderson changed his perspective.

On this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr, Jasey-Jay Anderson admits he now sacrifices results for information.

This is to help him improve the snowboards he produces for his company.

The Canadian has appeared in five Olympics and discusses the highs and lows of his career with Richard.

In this fun interview, Jasey-Jay chats about how a clown helped him learn to ski, what his mother said to him before the 2010 games and explains the story behind his lucky socks!

You can learn more about Jasey-Jay and his snowboards on Facebook.

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91 Brad Jacobs – Curling Olympic Champion

This week on the Best in the World with Richard Parr the Olympic curling champion Brad Jacobs joins us.

Alongside Ryan Fry and his cousins, Ryan and E.J. Harnden, Brad led Canada to a gold medal at the 2014 Sochi games.

On this podcast, Brad Jacobs tells Richard what it’s like competing with his cousins.

The skip talks about the level of competition in Canada and the pressure of performing for the country at a Winter Olympics.

Brad also reveals his fitness regime, diet and pre-game routine.

You can learn more about Brad and his team at teamjacobs.com.

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90 Patrizia Kummer – Snowboard Olympic Champion

“I couldn’t be me anymore”.

After winning gold in the parallel giant slalom at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Patrizia Kummer decided to take a long break in Hawaii.

On this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr, the snowboarder reveals the difficulty she had in adjusting to being an Olympic Champion once the games were over.

Richard and Patrizia talk about her work with a mental coach and her studies in sports psychology.

They also chat about Patrizia’s mission statement:

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” (Neale Donald Walsh).

Plus Patrizia explains why she never gets nervous.

You can follow Patrizia’s journey on Instagram @patriziakummer or on Facebook.

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89 Laura Massaro – Squash World Open Champion

In January 2016 Laura Massaro became the World Number One in squash.

This week on the Best in the World with Richard Parr, Laura talks about her journey to becoming number one.

The moment it happened and how she coped with the pressure of being the best.

The English player also discusses competing in an era where Nicol David was the World Number One for nine years.

She also gives her thoughts on why Egypt is now a dominant force in the sport.

The 2013 World Open winner also talks about the importance of having the support of sponsors.

You can follow Laura on Twitter @ljmassaro and LIKE her page on Facebook.

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88 Kim St. Pierre – Ice Hockey Olympic Champion

Kim St. Pierre is a three-time Olympic Champion and five-time World Ice Hockey Champion.

Kim St. Pierre is our guest on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr.

The Canadian reveals what it was like to face the United States on their home soil in the 2002 finals in Salt Lake City.

The goalie reveals her disappointment on not starting the 2006 finals and also describes what it was like to compete in a home Olympics in Vancouver in 2010.

On this episode, you will find out about the turning point in Kim’s career, her keys to success and what she is up to since retiring.

You can learn more about Kim St. Pierre on her website kimstpierre.com.

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87 Graeme Dott – Snooker World Champion

“I was showing up to tournaments. Beat, home, depressed. Go to the next tournament. Beat, home… it was just horrible.”

In 2006 Graeme Dott won the World Snooker Championship for the first time.

Following that success, Graeme suffered from depression and he opens up about it in this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr.

Graeme also talks about his two other final appearances at the crucible in 2004 and 2010.

Graeme Dott discusses the mental exhaustion involved in the sport, how he broke his wrist playing football in China and his thoughts on World Snooker today.

The Rangers fan also shares his experience of parading the World title at Ibrox.

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