78 Denis Gargaud – Canoe Slalom Olympic Champion

“My life changed pretty much a minute after I won this gold medal”.

2016 Olympic Canoe Slalom Champion Denis Gargaud joins us on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr.

As well as being a canoe slalomist Denis is also an entrepreneur.

On this podcast, he talks about his Mulebar energy bar brand – mulebar.com.

In particular, he explains how his knowledge as a sports star helps his business and how he manages his time.

The 2011 World Champion opens up about his disappointment of not competing at the 2012 London Olympics.

Denis also explains why former France and Manchester United forward Eric Cantona is one of his idols.

You can learn more about Denis on Twitter @DENISGARGAUD.

77 John Lowe – Darts World Champion

What’s the difference between being good and very good at Darts?

3-time World Champion John Lowe tells us on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr.

John talks about becoming the first player to achieve a nine-dart finish on television back in 1984.

You can watch it here.

John opens up about his rivalry and friendship with Eric Bristow, his nickname Old Stoneface and his role in forming the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC).

The British darts player also shares how he began playing the sport at the age of 21.

John even talks about being fed a snake by fellow Darts player Paul Lim!

You can learn more about John Lowe at John-lowe.com.

76 Ben Hunt-Davis – Rowing Olympic Champion

By making incremental changes, Ben Hunt-Davis and the British men’s eight rowing team managed to make huge differences in their performance.

This led to them becoming Olympic Champions at the 2000 Sydney games.

Using this experience, Ben is now a performance consultant for his company ‘Will it Make the Boat Go Faster’.

And he joins us on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr podcast.

Ben shares the entertaining story of the morning before he won gold, why friendships are not critical in rowing and whether he was close to quitting the sport.

You can learn more about Ben at willitmaketheboatgofaster.com and on Twitter @OlympianBen.

75 Jan Blokhuijsen – Speed skating Olympic Champion

“On the ice it’s a battle.”

Jan Blokhuijsen was part of the Netherlands team that won the men’s speed skating team pursuit event at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

On this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr, Jan Blokhuijsen is asked about the difficulty of racing on a team with his rivals.

He talks about his relationship with 3x Olympic Champion Sven Kramer.

Plus he gives his side of the story on Jorrit Bergsma withdrawing as a substitute from the gold winning team.

Also on the podcast the Dutch skater explains his training routine and talks about reaching a ‘state of flow’.

You will also find out how Jan met his model fiancée using social media.

You can follow Jan on Instagram at jan_blokhuijsen

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.