101 Sonya Looney – Mountain Biking World Champion

Sonya Looney cycled 234 miles to win the 24-hour Mountain Biking World Champion in 2015. 

Sonya talks about her journey to becoming the Best in the World on this week’s podcast.

As a former sales and marketing manager, Sonya has successfully found sponsors for her mountain biking career.

On this podcast, she gives her advice for anyone looking to get sponsored.  

Sonya explains how a plant-based diet helped her become World Champion.  

The American is also really insightful on goal setting, mindset and morning routine.  

You can learn more about Sonya at sonyalooney.com where you’ll also be able to follow her podcast.

Her blog on setting goals can be found here. 

Also, you can join her Plant-Powered Tribe Facebook Group.

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97 Kristine Lilly – Football World Cup Winner

Nobody has played more football matches for their country than Kristine Lilly.

The American scored 130 goals in 354 games and won two World Cups and two Olympic gold medals.

Kristine is our guest on this episode of the Best in the World with Richard Parr.

The forward reveals what it was like to make her international debut as a teenager, her favourite teammates and how she managed to have such a long career.

Kristine reveals her fondest memories as well as the most painful moment.

She also talks about playing in Sweden, coaching and her love of oranges!

You can learn more about Kristine at kirstinelilly13.com and on Twitter @kristinelilly

92 Jasey-Jay Anderson – Snowboarding Olympic Champion

“I started living a career through the journey as opposed to the result”.

After winning gold in the parallel giant slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Jasey-Jay Anderson changed his perspective.

On this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr, Jasey-Jay Anderson admits he now sacrifices results for information.

This is to help him improve the snowboards he produces for his company.

The Canadian has appeared in five Olympics and discusses the highs and lows of his career with Richard.

In this fun interview, Jasey-Jay chats about how a clown helped him learn to ski, what his mother said to him before the 2010 games and explains the story behind his lucky socks!

You can learn more about Jasey-Jay and his snowboards on Facebook.

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88 Kim St. Pierre – Ice Hockey Olympic Champion

Kim St. Pierre is a three-time Olympic Champion and five-time World Ice Hockey Champion.

Kim St. Pierre is our guest on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr.

The Canadian reveals what it was like to face the United States on their home soil in the 2002 finals in Salt Lake City.

The goalie reveals her disappointment on not starting the 2006 finals and also describes what it was like to compete in a home Olympics in Vancouver in 2010.

On this episode, you will find out about the turning point in Kim’s career, her keys to success and what she is up to since retiring.

You can learn more about Kim St. Pierre on her website kimstpierre.com.

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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.

71 Phillip Dutton – Eventing Olympic Champion

Phillip Dutton is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist in team eventing.

The equestrian rider won at the 1996 and 2000 games.

Last year at Rio he got his first individual medal, earning bronze.

Phillip is our guest on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr.

Phillip Dutton explains to Richard why he went from representing Australia to the United States.

He talks about putting together a winning team, coping with nerves and how nutrition for horses has changed.

He also discusses his relationship with his different horses.

You can find out more about Phillip and his farms at phillipdutton.com.

Richard also talks about 99 designs on the programme. You can check them out here.

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