35 Tom Shields – Olympic Swimming Champion

Tom Shields was part of the 4x100m Medley team that won Gold for the United States at the Rio Olympics.

The swimmer talks about his experience competing in the heats and his disappointment at his individual events.

Tom tells Richard about his daily routine, nutrition habits and workout plan.

The American studied Religious studies at the University of California, Berkeley and discusses his time-management skills on the show.

Tom also mentions what are his favourite books, podcasts and video games.

You can follow Tom on Twitter and Instagram @beefytshields.


34 Mahe Drysdale – Rowing Olympic Champion

The 2x Olympic Rowing Champion Mahe Drysdale is our guest this week on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’.

The New Zealand rower covers a number of topics including how he recovered from being hit by a car to win a gold medal, how he deals with osteoarthritis and his rivalry with Ondrej Synek.

Mahe also tells Richard about how he was nervous on the day of the 2012 final and talks about the photo-finish victory in Rio.

We also hear how the appeal of drinking alcohol at University got Mahe interested in rowing to begin with.

For more about Mahe please check out his website: mahedrysdale.com and Twitter.

33 Jeff Henderson – Olympic Long Jump Champion

Jeff Henderson is the reigning Olympic Long Jump Champion and is this week’s guest on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’.

The American won gold in dramatic fashion in Rio in August.

He tells Richard about that experience and his time at the Olympic village.

Jeff discusses the perfect jump and his target to be successful in sprinting.

In this fun chat, Richard and Jeff also talk movies, music and being recognized.

You can follow Jeff on Twitter and on Instagram


32 Ken Shamrock – World’s Most Dangerous Man

Ken Shamrock is this week’s guest on the Best in the World with Richard Parr.

Known as The World’s Most Dangerous Man, Ken Shamrock was the first ever UFC Superfight Champion. On the show he recalls winning that title at UFC 6 when he fought Dan Severn.

Shamrock was also a star in professional wrestling with WWE. The former Intercontinental Champion talks about his feud with The Rock and how he enjoyed facing Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Undertaker.

Richard covers a whole range of subjects with Ken including nutrition, training and movies.

Ken also talks about why he believes the use of steroids should be allowed and regulated in sports.

For more about The World’s Most Dangerous Man go to kenshamrock.com.

31 Nathan Adrian – Swimming Olympic Champion

5-time Olympic Champion swimmer Nathan Adrian is this week’s guest on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’.

The University of California, Berkeley graduate talks about his experience at the Rio Games and his proudest achievement.

He gives Richard his views on the hack into the WADA database along with how important his sleep routine is. We also open up the show to his fans on Twitter and Nathan talks about karaoke, Pokemon and Game of Thrones!

You can learn more about Nathan on his website nathanadrian.com and you can follow him on Twitter.


30 Gretchen Bleiler – Snowboard World Champion

Gretchen Bleiler is this week’s guest on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’ podcast. Gretchen is a 4-time X Games Champion, former World Superpipe Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist. Now retired from competitive snowboarding, Gretchen is now an environmental advocate working with Protect Our Winters to help raise awareness of climate change. Gretchen tells Richard on the show about the importance of Yoga and Meditation. The American also talks about food and nutrition along with her own water bottle design, the ALEX Bottle. You can learn more about Gretchen at gretchenbleiler.com and follow her on Twitter. You can also find out more about the ALEX Bottle at alexbottle.com

29 Tanni Grey-Thompson – 11x Paralympic Champion

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is this week’s guest on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’ podcast.

Tanni won 11 Paralympic Gold Medals throughout her career as a Wheelchair Racer and set over 30 World records.

After a career as an athlete, Tanni is now a crossbench peer in the House of Lords.

In her chat with Richard, Tanni talks about family support, music and setting goals.

The 6x London Marathon winner gives an insight into her nutritional and training programmes.

There is a wide range of topics in this conversation from disability rights, Brexit and the power of social media.   To learn more about Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson you can go to her website and follow her on Twitter.

28 Laura Geitz – Netball World Champion

This week’s guest on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’ podcast is Laura Geitz. Australia’s netball captain is a two-time World Champion.

Laura tells Richard about how she began playing netball and how it felt making her international debut.

The new Australian netball league is discussed along with Laura’s hopes that the sport may one day be included in the Olympics.

Laura gives her thoughts on Netball being promoted as a game for women and not for men.

The Australian also talks about the new life-size statue that is being made of her in Queensland.

You can learn more about Laura at laurageitz.com.au and follow her on twitter @laurafirebirds.

27 Lee Selby – Boxing World Champion

The reigning IBF Featherweight Boxing Champion of the World Lee Selby is this week’s guest on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’.

After a successful title defence in April, Lee talks about his potential next opponent.

In his chat with Richard, Lee discusses the training routine and eating habits needed to become a World Champion.

The boxer also talks about adapting to fighting in different locations and how he put together his champion team.

You can learn more about Lee at leeselby.com and on Twitter @leeselby126.

26 Bryan Clay – Decathlon Olympic Champion

The World’s Greatest Athlete is our guest this week on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’.

American Bryan Clay won the Gold Medal in the Decathlon at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

On the podcast, Bryan tells Richard why he stayed outside of the Olympic Village, his training routine and the dangers of overtraining.

He explains what was the difference between winning Silver in 2004 to claiming Gold four years later.

Bryan is also very strong on methods athletes can use to get funding.

If you want to know more about Bryan you can buy his book ‘Redemption’. His website is bryanclay.com and you can follow him on Twitter @bryanclay.