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 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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86 Jenny Duncalf – Squash World Team Champion

“I’ve always loved playing team events”.

Representing England, Jenny Duncalf won the World Team Championships in 2006.

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

The Liverpool FC fan reveals how a Football Association ruling led her to take up squash.

Jenny talks about what she learned growing up around squash players.

Jenny discusses her relationship with fellow squash player Rachel Grinham.

The former World Number Two also talks about starting to commentate and announce at squash events.

You can learn more about Jenny on Twitter and on Facebook.

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85 Antonio Carlos Junior – BJJ World Champion

UFC fighter and former Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Antonio Carlos Junior is this week’s guest on the Best in the World with Richard Parr.

In this revealing interview, Antonio talks about how panic attacks following the death of his close friend led him to meditation.

The winner of Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 discusses the transferable skills between different martial arts and his need to improve his wrestling.

The Brazilian talks about learning Jiu-Jitsu with Junior dos Santos, learning to speak English and his favorite shows on Netflix.

You can follow Antonio on Twitter and Instagram @caradesapatojr.

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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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80 Dan Severn – UFC Superfight Champion

Dan Severn is a former UFC Superfight Champion.

Also a WWE Superstar in the 1990s.

He is a UFC Hall of Famer.

Dan is this week’s guest on the Best in the World with Richard Parr podcast.

The American explains to us his interpretation of what the ring name ‘The Beast’ means to him.

He talks about the differences between cage fighting and mixed martial arts today.

He also discusses what is different between MMA and professional wrestling.

This is one of the longest conversations we have had on the podcast but we barely scratch the surface with Dan.

You can learn more about him at dansevern.com.

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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.

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.