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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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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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.

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.

20 Shannon Miller – Gymnastics Olympic Champion

Olympic Champion Shannon Miller was part of the USA’s famous ‘Magnificent Seven’ gymnastics team that won gold on home soil in Atlanta in 1996.

20 years later she continues to inspire and is our guest this week on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’.

Miller is the most decorated gymnast in American history and promotes balanced and healthy living through the Shannon Miller Lifestyle.

The Double Olympic Champion successfully battled cancer in 2011.

In her chat with Richard she explains how her experience as a gymnast helped her fight with cancer. Miller talks about how she keeps a positive attitude even in the most difficult times.

The former artistic gymnast explains why it is harder to get onto the Olympic team than it is to win a medal.

Miller also discusses the importance of goal setting, team work and giving back.

You can follow Shannon on Twitter @shannonmiller96 and on her website: shannonmiller.com

18 Jon Potter – Hockey Olympic Champion

Jon Potter won Gold at the 1988 Olympic Games with the Great Britain Hockey team.

Now he is at the top of his game in marketing and business. Jon is a managing director at Moët Hennessy and is this week’s guest on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’.

In his chat with Richard, Jon gives examples of how to make great teams both in sport and business.

The British businessman talks about getting the right people for the right roles on the pitch and in the office. He discusses setting goals and boundaries as well as visualising success.

Jon also explains what it’s like to spend a day with former F1 World Champion Jenson Button at a Grand Prix.

You can follow Jon on Twitter @jonpotter6 and on Instagram: jonpotter6.

7 Nick Gillingham – Swimming World Champion

This week’s elite athlete on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’ is swimmer Nick Gillingham.

With over 17 championship medals Nick has been a World Record holder, World Champion and double Olympic medalist.

He tells Richard if there is anything better than winning and how to learn from defeat.

What he’s learnt from other athletes such as David Beckham and Michael Phelps

The British swimmer talks about the importance of visualisation, performance analysis and goal setting.

He also recounts when he was awarded his MBE from Queen Elizabeth II.

You can contact Nick on twitter @NGSwimAcademy and @MBENick. Plus check out swimoptimum.com and you can email [email protected]