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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82 Julia Mancuso – Skiing Olympic Champion

Did you know the night before Julia Mancuso won Gold at the 2006 Olympics she ate Pop Tarts and slept in an RV?

The Olympic Giant Slalom Champion shares her story on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr.

The Olympic Giant Slalom Champion shares her story on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr.

Julia Mancuso is now attempting to compete in the Olympics for a record fifth time.

She gives Richard an update on her progress following a second hip surgery.

Julia suffers from hip dysplasia and talks about coping with this on the podcast.

Julia gives an amazing insight into the mental side of sports and having a positive attitude.

The American also talks about efficient training, journaling and neurokinetic pilates.

You can learn more about Julia at @juliamancuso on Twitter and Instagram.

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79 Jorrit Bergsma – Speed skating Olympic Champion

This week we learn from Jorrit Bergsma, the 10,000 metres speed skating Olympic Champion.

Following our interview with Jan Blokhuijsen in episode 75, Jorrit gives his side of the story on why he withdrew as the Dutch substitute for the Team Pursuit at the 2014 Olympics.

The three-time World Champion shares stories of his childhood, growing up on a houseboat in Friesland, in the north of the Netherlands.

Bergsma reveals how close he came to representing Kazakhstan at the 2010 Olympics.

He also talks about being married to a fellow speed skater, the four-time World Champion Heather Richardson-Bergsma.

You can continue to follow Jorrit’s journey on Instagram and twitter @jorritbergsma

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78 Denis Gargaud – Canoe Slalom Olympic Champion

“My life changed pretty much a minute after I won this gold medal”.

2016 Olympic Canoe Slalom Champion Denis Gargaud joins us on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr.

As well as being a canoe slalomist Denis is also an entrepreneur.

On this podcast, he talks about his Mulebar energy bar brand – mulebar.com.

In particular, he explains how his knowledge as a sports star helps his business and how he manages his time.

The 2011 World Champion opens up about his disappointment of not competing at the 2012 London Olympics.

Denis also explains why former France and Manchester United forward Eric Cantona is one of his idols.

You can learn more about Denis on Twitter @DENISGARGAUD.

75 Jan Blokhuijsen – Speed skating Olympic Champion

“On the ice it’s a battle.”

Jan Blokhuijsen was part of the Netherlands team that won the men’s speed skating team pursuit event at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

On this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr, Jan Blokhuijsen is asked about the difficulty of racing on a team with his rivals.

He talks about his relationship with 3x Olympic Champion Sven Kramer.

Plus he gives his side of the story on Jorrit Bergsma withdrawing as a substitute from the gold winning team.

Also on the podcast the Dutch skater explains his training routine and talks about reaching a ‘state of flow’.

You will also find out how Jan met his model fiancée using social media.

You can follow Jan on Instagram at jan_blokhuijsen

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.