105 Casey FitzRandolph – Speed skating Olympic Champion

Casey FitzRandolph is the 500 metres Olympic speed skating gold medallist from the 2002 Salt Lake City games.

The American broke the Olympic record in the process. 

Casey now works in insurance in his home state of Wisconsin helping companies manage risk.

On the Best in the World with Richard Parr podcast Casey explains whether risks are needed to become a champion in sports.

He talks about the difficulty of life after sports and what he used from his athletic career to adjust to his life in business.  

Casey talks in depth about his relationship with his father.

How his dad motivated him to win as a child and how their relationship changed when Casey began to compete at a World level. 

The American also opens up on why he decided to train with the Canadian team and the lessons he learnt with them. 

To continue to follow Casey’s journey head to Caseyfitz.com. 

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104 Tanja Frieden – Snowboard Cross Olympic Champion

Tanja Frieden was in second place in the snowboard cross final at the 2006 Turin Olympics until the leader Lindsey Jacobellis fell in the penultimate jump.

Tanja would cross the line first to complete her dream of becoming the Olympic Champion.

Tanja tells her story on this episode of the Best in the World with Richard Parr. 

Tanja is now a personal development coach for both sports and business people.

One of the methods she teaches is Logosynthesis.

Tanja explains what it is, how it helped her win her gold medal and how it can help you.  

Tanja tells Richard how her life changed when she became Olympic champion, why she had prepared differently for the 2010 Vancouver games and;

She talks about the injury she sustained that forced her to miss those Olympics. 

Having represented Norway and Switzerland, Tanja also clears up the inaccuracies on Wikipedia! 

You can learn more about Tanja at Tanjafrieden.ch 

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103 Stefan Groothuis – Speed Skating Olympic Champion

In 2014, at the age of 32, Stefan Groothuis became the 1000 metres speed skating Olympic Champion.

Stefan is our guest this week on the Best in the World with Richard Parr. 

Stefan opens up about his battle with depression in 2011.

He talks about how he managed to get over his mental illness and eventually win Olympic gold 

He talks about the injuries he suffered throughout his career including slicing his Achilles with his skate.  

The Dutchman tells us what a World-class speed skater requires from his equipment and his thoughts on the Norwegian skaters wearing blue suits.  

You can learn more about Stefan at Stefangroothuis.nl. 

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102 Dominique Gisin –Downhill Skiing Olympic Champion

In 2014 after a career filled with injuries Dominique Gisin became Olympic champion. The Swiss won the Downhill Skiing event at the 2014 Sochi games. 

Dominique reminisces about the dramatic finale that saw her share the top of the podium with Tina Maze.  

She tells Richard what mental trick she used to change her fortunes. We also learn about her diet, what it’s like to crash at 120 kilometres an hour and who inspires her.  

Having now retired we hear that Dominique is now studying physics and for her commercial pilots licence. 

You can learn more about Dominique including her book ‘Making it Happen’ at Dominiquegisin.ch.  

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101 Sonya Looney – Mountain Biking World Champion

Sonya Looney cycled 234 miles to win the 24-hour Mountain Biking World Champion in 2015. 

Sonya talks about her journey to becoming the Best in the World on this week’s podcast.

As a former sales and marketing manager, Sonya has successfully found sponsors for her mountain biking career.

On this podcast, she gives her advice for anyone looking to get sponsored.  

Sonya explains how a plant-based diet helped her become World Champion.  

The American is also really insightful on goal setting, mindset and morning routine.  

You can learn more about Sonya at sonyalooney.com where you’ll also be able to follow her podcast.

Her blog on setting goals can be found here. 

Also, you can join her Plant-Powered Tribe Facebook Group.

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100 Tori Bowie – 100m World Champion

Tori Bowie is the reigning Women’s 100 metres World Champion and our guest for our 100th Best in the World with Richard Parr. 

On the programme, Tori talks about her journey from winning a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing to earning a silver at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics to finally taking gold in London last year. 

Tori explains how she transitioned from being a long jumper to the best sprinter in the World.  

The American also has Olympic and World relay golds so Richard asks her which medal she cherishes the most. 

Tori gives us an insight into her diet, technique and daily routine.

She also talks about working with the NBA star Carmelo Anthony for a fashion shoot with Valentino.  

Tori’s website is toribowie.net and you can follow her journey on Instagram  

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99 Casper Steinfath – Stand Up Paddleboarding World Champion

Casper Steinfath grew up in a small fishing town in Denmark afraid to put his head under water.

Now he is a four-time World Champion in Stand Up Paddleboarding.  

On this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr, Casper explains how he got over his fear of water and gives his advice on how anyone can get over their fear.  

Casper talks to Richard about the importance of pushing yourself to your limits but also respecting the water. 

The Danish surfer also discusses goal setting and how he breaks down his goals into incremental steps.  

In February 2017, Casper attempted to paddle 130 kilometers from Denmark to Norway.

The SUP star recounts this incredible story on this week’s podcast.    

You can watch Casper’s documentary Standing On Water here.

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98 Brandon Slay – Olympic Wrestling Champion

Brandon Slay is our first guest of 2018 on the Best in the World with Richard Parr podcast.

Brandon won gold in freestyle wrestling at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and was part of the USA coaching team for the 2012 and 2016 games.

If you have set your goals or made a New Year’s Resolution you will definitely want to listen to this.

Brandon explains how he achieved his goal of becoming an Olympic champion and why we should be setting process goals.

On the podcast, Brandon talks to Richard about being awarded the gold medal having lost the Olympic final.

The Wharton Business School graduate explains why it was easier training for the Olympics than it was being a collegiate wrestler.

Also on the podcast, Brandon gives advice to parents raising young wrestlers.

You can continue to follow Brandon’s journey @coachslay.

Want to listen back to the best episodes of 2017?

Check out the Best of the Best 2017 here.

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Best of the Best 2017

This time of year is always good for reflection and I’ve been thinking about my favourite conversations with the Olympic and World Champions I have been lucky enough to learn from in the last 12 months on the Best in the World with Richard Parr podcast.

I have chosen six but the list could’ve been a lot longer. I even thought about adding an honourable mentions list but even that was too long.

Over the last few weeks I have been recording more interviews with some of the greatest sports stars on the planet for 2018. But until then please enjoy the best of the best of 2017!

 

Best of the Best 2017

Stephanie Rice — Swimming Olympic Champion

Ever since I started the Best in the World with Richard Parr podcast I wanted to get Stephanie Rice on the programme. Over a year later it finally happened and it was worth the wait. The 3x Olympic Champion was brilliant in talking about goal setting and also recommended what would be one of my favourite books of the year ‘The One Thing’ by Gary Keller.

It was also really interesting to hear how she is using what she learned as a champion swimmer in the business world.

You can listen to my conversation with Stephanie here.

 

Adventureman Jamie McDonald — Static Cycling World Record Holder

Jamie McDonald is arguably the funniest person I have spoken to on the Best in the World with Richard Parr. He has an infectious personality and his story is incredible.

Jamie grew up with a rare spinal condition but as an adult he cycled 14,000 miles from Bangkok to Gloucester. During that epic journey Jamie was shot at in Afghanistan!

When he returned to England, Jamie then broke the World Record for cycling on a stationary bike. He cycled for 268 hours, 32 minutes and 44 seconds.

You can listen to my conversation with Jamie here.

 

Chad Hedrick — Speed Skating Olympic Champion

This was one of the shortest interviews of the year but had one of the greatest impacts on me.

Chad Hedrick won a speed skating gold medal at the 2006 Turin Olympics. Now working in real estate, I absolutely loved it when Chad explained to me what the difference is between winning Gold and Silver both in sports and business.

Inspired by Chad I tried to start my day like he does but I found it too hard, I guess that’s why I’m not an Olympic champion! Find out what he does on the podcast.

You can listen to my conversation with Chad here.

 

Joe Jacobi — Olympic Canoeing Champion

Joe Jacobi is definitely one of the nicest guys I have spoken to on the podcast. He’s also one of the guests I have kept most in contact with. I really enjoy the way Joe explains how a flowing river is a great metaphor for life.

The 1992 Canoe Slalom Olympic Champion also has a heart-warming story of how his stolen gold medal was returned to him by a 7-year-old girl.

You can listen to my conversation with Joe here.

 

Katerina Stefanidi — Pole Vault Olympic Champion

An Olympic Champion, Stanford graduate and budding entrepreneur. Katerina Stefanidi is all of those and worst of all, she’s really nice!

I had a great conversation with Katerina. In particular, it was intriguing to hear what her and her husband (who is also her coach) did differently leading up to the Rio Olympics that ultimately helped her become the pole vault Olympic Champion.

You can listen to my conversation with Katerina here.

 

Dan Severn — UFC Superfight Champion

Dan Severn is without a doubt one of the most confident people I have ever spoken to. We chatted for about an hour and honestly it could have gone on for at least three hours.

I grew up watching Dan as a WWE wrestler but he is a UFC Hall of Famer and one of the real pioneers of the sport. As you’ll hear in this interview, while he might be nearly 60 he’s still got a lot of things he wants to achieve!

You can listen to my conversation with Dan here.

 

There’s plenty of different ways you can listen to these interviews and all of the episodes of the Best in the World with Richard Parr podcast.

These include iTunes, Stitcher, Acast and sportuccino.com. Nearly all other podcast hosts also provide the podcast too.

Have a fantastic 2018,

Richard Parr
Sportuccino Managing Director and Presenter

97 Kristine Lilly – Football World Cup Winner

Nobody has played more football matches for their country than Kristine Lilly.

The American scored 130 goals in 354 games and won two World Cups and two Olympic gold medals.

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

The forward reveals what it was like to make her international debut as a teenager, her favourite teammates and how she managed to have such a long career.

Kristine reveals her fondest memories as well as the most painful moment.

She also talks about playing in Sweden, coaching and her love of oranges!

You can learn more about Kristine at kirstinelilly13.com and on Twitter @kristinelilly