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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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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83 Bas Rutten – UFC Heavyweight Champion

Bas Rutten is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion and this week’s guest on the Best in the World with Richard Parr.

The Dutch fighter reveals what he did differently, after losing to Ken Shamrock, to go 22 fights unbeaten.

Bas discusses his friendships with former rival Frank Shamrock and his podcast co-host Mauro Ranallo

The UFC Hall of Famer talks about time management, acting, and his bucket list.

The MMA star also explains how his O2 trainer cured him of asthma.

You can learn more about Bas at facebook.com/basrutten and on Twitter @basruttenmma

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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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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.

77 John Lowe – Darts World Champion

What’s the difference between being good and very good at Darts?

3-time World Champion John Lowe tells us on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr.

John talks about becoming the first player to achieve a nine-dart finish on television back in 1984.

You can watch it here.

John opens up about his rivalry and friendship with Eric Bristow, his nickname Old Stoneface and his role in forming the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC).

The British darts player also shares how he began playing the sport at the age of 21.

John even talks about being fed a snake by fellow Darts player Paul Lim!

You can learn more about John Lowe at John-lowe.com.