107 Derek Redmond – 4x400m Relay World Champion

It’s one of the most iconic images in the history of the Olympic games.

Derek Redmond, being helped by his father, hobbling to the finish line with a torn hamstring in the semi-finals of the 400 meters at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Derek recalls that incredible story of grit and determination in this episode of the Best in the World with Richard Parr.

One year earlier, Derek and the British relay team had won gold in the 4×400 meters, surprising the American favorites.

Derek explains how the late decision to change the order of the line-up played a crucial role in that victory.

After athletics, Derek played professional basketball and has also competed at a high level in rugby, motorcycling, and kickboxing.

Derek reveals the transferable skill from athletics that has helped him be successful in these other sports.

You can learn more about Derek at Derekredmond.com.

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111 Gigi Fernandez – 17x Grand Slam Tennis Doubles Champion

Gigi Fernandez is a 17x Grand Slam champion in doubles tennis.

She won 14 of those titles with Natasha Zvereva and the other three were with Robin White, Martina Navratilova and Jana Novotna.  

On this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr, Gigi talks about how Jana’s decision to split up their team led her to her ‘invincible’ partnership with Natasha.  

Gigi also won two Olympic gold medals alongside Mary Joe Fernandez in 1992 and 1996.  

Along with raising her children, Gigi runs doubles.tv. Identifying the lack of doubles specific tennis coaching, the Puerto Rican created this online platform to help recreational players.  

By listening to this podcast you’ll get to learn about the Gigi Method and the five most important steps any doubles players need to know to be successful.  

Gigi is helping raise funds to power Puerto Rico.

You can learn about the Viktre Challenge here.

You can also follow her on Instagram @gigifernandeztennis17 

110 Tianna Bartoletta – Long Jump & 4x100m Relay Olympic Champion

Tianna Bartoletta is the reigning Olympic Long jump champion.

She also has gold medals in the 4×100 meters relay from both the 2012 and 2016 games. 

The 2-time long jump World Champion is our guest on this episode of the Best in the World with Richard Parr. 

Tianna opens up on the podcast regarding the break up her marriage and the reason why she is most proud of the long jump bronze medal she won last year at the World Championships.

The American admits that while it is still difficult to talk about she knows she needs to so she can help others.  

Tianna talks about her time competing in bobsled and how it helped her regain her confidence in jumping.  

The Ohio native explains the added expenses she incurs on the road so that she can stay in the best shape possible to compete.

Tianna goes further by saying that events can be won in the airport before the competitors even get to the track. 

Richard and Tianna also talk a lot about her writing and her blog which you can read here. 

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Susan Francia is a 2-time Olympic champion and a 5-time World Champion in rowing.

On this episode of the Best in the World, Richard Parr asks Susan if she felt invincible between 2006-12 with all of those achievements? 

Susan talks about how she got started in the sport and how one coach could recognize her Olympic talent right at the start.  

The American reveals which NBA star she inspired with her first gold medal in the women’s eight at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.   

Also on the podcast, Susan gives her advice to any sports people trying to get sponsorship.

Now a coach Susan explains what she knows now and what she looks for when she is identifying new talent.  

All that and more on this episode of the Best in the World with Richard Parr. 

You can follow Susan on Instagram @susanfrancia. 

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108 Vincent Hancock – Shooting Olympic Champion

Vincent Hancock is a 2-time Olympic Champion and a 3-time World Champion in the sport of skeet shooting.

The American also hold National, Olympic and World Records and is our guest on this episode of the Best in the World with Richard Parr.

Vincent was just 19 when he won his first Olympic title at the 2008 Beijing games. After struggling with his motivation for the sport in 2011 a year later in London he retained his Olympic title by hitting every target in the final.

Vincent explains how he did that on this podcast.

The Texas resident also opens up about his relationship with his father, he gives us a technique to get kids interested in shooting and talks about his time in the U.S. Army marksmanship unit.

You can follow Vincent’s journey on Instagram @vincenthancock.

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How A World Champion Gets Sponsored


If you scroll down to the bottom of the home page of Sonya Looney’s website sonyalooney.com you’ll see she has 18 different sponsors. The 2015 24-hour Mountain Biking World Champion attracted these backers herself.


“It used to be ‘oh you just go fast’ or you get a good result or you win and people want to sponsor you but really it’s not about that now,” Sonya tells me on the Best in the World with Richard Parr podcast. “It’s about having credibility. It’s important when people are looking to make purchases because they are looking at you as the authority. But you need to build your own community and you can really easily do that online with the all the different platforms out there. There’s a million. It’s just finding the one with the right voice for you.”


Sonya has over 38,000 followers on Instagram, 10,000 on Twitter and 34,000 people like her on Facebook. She even has her own podcast. Sonya has three pieces of advice for anyone wanting to become a brand ambassador or to get sponsors.


1. Don’t make it about you


“When you write a proposal don’t make it about you, make it about them. Make it about how you are going to make them sell more products, how you are going to help them build their brand. And figure out what their brand message is and make sure that you fit in with that.”


2. Don’t just take anything


“I have tons of sponsors that approach me but if it doesn’t fit what’s working with me then I say no because the moment you start promoting something you don’t believe in you are going to lose all of your authenticity. And that’s easy to do when someone walks up to you and offers you to do an Instagram post but it might not fit what you are doing at all.”


3. Be approachable


“It’s about building community. And once you start building community the sponsors will come. And you have to go after them but you have to respond to people around you, you have to be nice. You have to lead by example. And really the great thing about social media and videos and all the things that we have is that we can show people what a lifestyle looks like and we can empower people to go for those things and to do those things that they want to do because if they feel like they know you it makes it easier for them to try.”


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106 Steven Lobue – High Diving World Champion

Steven LoBue is the reigning World Champion in high diving.

He became the third male ever to win gold at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest last year.  

 Steve  Lobue joins Richard on this episode of the Best in the World with Richard Parr.  

The American covers a number of topics including how he got started in the sport, the level of fear needed to dive from a 27 metre high platform and the difficulties of training for competitions. 

The cliff diver recalls his time working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.  

Steve talks in detail about the time he hit his head on the platform during a dive.  

The American also discusses how his life has changed since he became a father. 

Steve is on twitter @divelobue.

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105 Casey FitzRandolph – Speed skating Olympic Champion

Casey FitzRandolph is the 500 metres Olympic speed skating gold medallist from the 2002 Salt Lake City games.

The American broke the Olympic record in the process. 

Casey now works in insurance in his home state of Wisconsin helping companies manage risk.

On the Best in the World with Richard Parr podcast Casey explains whether risks are needed to become a champion in sports.

He talks about the difficulty of life after sports and what he used from his athletic career to adjust to his life in business.  

Casey talks in depth about his relationship with his father.

How his dad motivated him to win as a child and how their relationship changed when Casey began to compete at a World level. 

The American also opens up on why he decided to train with the Canadian team and the lessons he learnt with them. 

To continue to follow Casey’s journey head to Caseyfitz.com. 

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104 Tanja Frieden – Snowboard Cross Olympic Champion

Tanja Frieden was in second place in the snowboard cross final at the 2006 Turin Olympics until the leader Lindsey Jacobellis fell in the penultimate jump.

Tanja would cross the line first to complete her dream of becoming the Olympic Champion.

Tanja tells her story on this episode of the Best in the World with Richard Parr. 

Tanja is now a personal development coach for both sports and business people.

One of the methods she teaches is Logosynthesis.

Tanja explains what it is, how it helped her win her gold medal and how it can help you.  

Tanja tells Richard how her life changed when she became Olympic champion, why she had prepared differently for the 2010 Vancouver games and;

She talks about the injury she sustained that forced her to miss those Olympics. 

Having represented Norway and Switzerland, Tanja also clears up the inaccuracies on Wikipedia! 

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The Best Winter Olympics Podcasts


The 2018 Winter Olympics take place in PyeongChang from February 9-25. Here are some of the best podcasts that will keep you across everything that is happening during the games in South Korea.


The Podium

The Podium is NBC’s official Olympics podcast. They’ll have insider coverage throughout the 17 days of competition in PyeongChang. Along with in-depth interviews they will also explore the South Korean history and culture.

Listen here.


Olympic Fever

Jill Jaracz and Alison Brown host the Olympic Fever. They will be exploring the latest news at the games along with telling stories from the athletes, officials, organisers and fans involved.

Listen here.


PYC Podcast

PYC is apparently how locals say PyeongChang. PYC Podcast is produced by CBC Radio in Canada and hosted by the former Olympic downhill skier Kelly VanderBeek. Expect stories about the good old days of the Olympics, fighting, cheating and a behind-the-scenes look at the games.

Listen here.


5 Rings Daily

Duane Rollins and Kevin Laramee will be hosting a special 5 Rings podcast every day throughout the games live from 10am ET. They will wrap up the action with their gold, silver, bronze and wood medals of the day.

Listen here.


Best in the World with Richard Parr

Each week Richard Parr speak to a different World or Olympic Champion to find out what they do to become the best. Throughout February Richard speaks to a different Winter Olympic Champion. In the past year he has also heard amazing stories from over 15 Winter Olympic Champions. Guests have included Julia Mancuso, Kelly Clark and Jorrit Bergsma.

Listen here.