87 Graeme Dott – Snooker World Champion

“I was showing up to tournaments. Beat, home, depressed. Go to the next tournament. Beat, home… it was just horrible.”

In 2006 Graeme Dott won the World Snooker Championship for the first time.

Following that success, Graeme suffered from depression and he opens up about it in this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr.

Graeme also talks about his two other final appearances at the crucible in 2004 and 2010.

Graeme Dott discusses the mental exhaustion involved in the sport, how he broke his wrist playing football in China and his thoughts on World Snooker today.

The Rangers fan also shares his experience of parading the World title at Ibrox.

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84 Mario Matt – Skiing Olympic Champion

“It means more when you become an Olympic Champion at the end of a career”.

At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, at the age of 34, Mario Matt became the oldest person to win an alpine skiing gold medal in the men’s slalom.

Mario has since retired and talks about running his own apres-ski bar the Krazy Kanguruh in St.Anton and breeding horses.

The two-time World Champion is this week’s guest on the Best in the World with Richard Parr.

The Austrian discusses the difficulties of traveling for a skier.

He also talks about his diet, his family and competing in front of his own fans.

You can learn more about mariomatt.com here.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.