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 traveling.

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



63 Nicola Thost – Snowboarding Olympic Champion

Nicola Thost was the first snowboarding Olympic Champion in the women’s halfpipe.

Nicola Thost won gold at the Nagano games in 1998.

The German is this week’s guest on the Best in the World with Richard Parr.

Richard interviews Nicola Thost, a day before her 40th birthday, giving her a chance to reflect on her 25-year-old career.

They discuss her training regime, coping with injuries and the mental aspect of the sport.

Nicola also talks about how the sport has changed since she won gold, as well as her interest in yoga.

You can LIKE Nicola on Facebook at facebook.com/nicolathost and follow her on Instagram.

62 Emma Snowsill – Triathlon Olympic Champion

 In 2008 Emma Snowsill became the Olympic Champion in triathlon and is this week’s guest on the Best in the World with Richard Parr.

The former World Champion explains to Richard how she got started in the sport.

Emma discussed her training methods and philosophies along with the mental side of competing.

The champion talks about her experience of the Olympic village.

She had to go through appeal processes after not being selected for the 2004 and 2012 games.

The Australian also tells Richard how her life has changed since becoming a mother.

You can follow Emma on Twitter and learn more about her new company at ryzon.net.

61 Lenny Krayzelburg – Swimming Olympic Champion

Lenny Krayzelburg won three gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the 100 metres and 200 metres backstroke.

He also won gold in the 4x100m medley.

He also claimed another swimming gold in the medley four years later in Athens.

On this week’s podcast, Lenny tells Richard about how his swimming career now helps him run the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy.

The five-time World Record holder talks about moving to the United States at a young age from Ukraine.

Lenny explains his training schedule, the quality of swimmers he was training with and the dangers of overtraining.

The American also talks about how he would cope with injuries.

To find out more about the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy head to lennykswim.com.

60 Callum Skinner – Track Cycling Olympic Champion

Track Cycling Olympic Champion Callum Skinner joins us on the Best in the World with Richard Parr this week.

Callum Skinner took gold as part of the British team that won the Team Sprint at the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.

Callum also claimed silver in the individual event, losing to his roommate in Rio, Jason Kenny.

We talk about how he coped being in the same apartment as the man he had to face in the final.

Also on the programme, Callum discusses finding a lump on his neck that was initially feared to be cancerous but wasn’t.

He also talks about his start in cycling, his training sessions and why it was important that both of his parents watched him win his gold medal.

There’s a lot to learn from Callum Skinner on this week’s show.

You can follow him on twitter @CallumSkinner

59 Annie Vernon – Rowing World Champion

Annie Vernon is a two-time World Champion rower and is this week’s guest on the Best in the World with Richard Parr.


We find out what Annie Vernon is up to since retiring from the sport and how she was able to make the adjustment.

We learn about Annie’s training habits, diet and whether she had any rituals while competing.

The British rower also talks about the disappointment of the 2008 Beijing Olympics where she won silver.

Annie explains to Richard the importance of Henley Royal Regatta.

You can learn more about Annie on Twitter at @annievernongb.

58 Connor Fields – BMX Olympic Champion

Connor Fields is one of two men in the World with an Olympic Gold medal in BMX racing.

We hear about Connor’s story on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr.

We hear about how Connor began riding while growing up and living in Las Vegas.

Connor Fields talks about the disappointment of the London 2012 games and explains what he did differently to become a champion four years later in Rio de Janeiro.

The American also tells Richard about his training schedule, his love of cooking and how he copes with injuries.

You can follow Connor on Twitter.