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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81 Cat Osterman – Softball Olympic Champion

“There was no chance for redemption.”

On this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr, U.S. softball pitcher Cat Osterman opens up about her disappointment at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Cat won silver at those games but with the sport removed for the next two Olympics, she was not given the chance to get another gold.

The four-time All-American was already an Olympic Champion at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

We talk about her being the youngest member of that team.

Also about how psychology has helped her as a pitcher as well as nutrition on this podcast.

Cat is now an assistant coach at the Texas State University.

She discusses the transition from player to coach.

You can follow Cat on Twitter and Instagram @catosterman as well as on Facebook: facebook.com/catosterman

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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.

76 Ben Hunt-Davis – Rowing Olympic Champion

By making incremental changes, Ben Hunt-Davis and the British men’s eight rowing team managed to make huge differences in their performance.

This led to them becoming Olympic Champions at the 2000 Sydney games.

Using this experience, Ben is now a performance consultant for his company ‘Will it Make the Boat Go Faster’.

And he joins us on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr podcast.

Ben shares the entertaining story of the morning before he won gold, why friendships are not critical in rowing and whether he was close to quitting the sport.

You can learn more about Ben at willitmaketheboatgofaster.com and on Twitter @OlympianBen.

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.

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.