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,
Sportuccino Managing Director and Presenter