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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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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73 Natasha Watley – Softball Olympic Champion

Natasha Watley was part of the United States softball team that won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

On this episode of the Best in the World with Richard Parr, Natasha talks about the difficulty of retiring and even hints at a comeback.

The American is coaching in Japan and discusses the differences in culture, language, food and playing style.

Natasha reveals her disappointment of not being able to compete at the 2012 and 2016 games.

The Natasha Watley Foundation is also discussed on the show and you can find out more about it on her website here.

Natasha is also on Instagram and Twitter at @natashawatley29.

72 Jonny Moseley – Moguls Olympic Champion

Freestyle skiing Olympic Champion Jonny Moseley joins us on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr.

Jonny took gold in the moguls event in the Nagano games in 1998. He missed out on a medal in the 2002 games in Salt Lake City where he performed the Dinner Roll trick.

We talk about Jonny being an innovator in the sport on this week’s programme.

Jonny Moseley is now launching his own snack food line called Mighty Iota. On the podcast he tells us how being an Olympic champion helps him in his new business.

Richard also talks to Jonny about fear, marketing and if he ever officially retired.

The former Saturday Night Live host now has his own web series called Jonny Moseley’s Wildest Dreams.

You can watch the slackline episode here.

Jonny Moseley is also on Twitter and Instagram  and you can find more about him at jonnymoseley.com.

66 Kelly Clark – Snowboarding Olympic Champion

Kelly Clark won gold in the halfpipe at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

On the programme, Kelly Clark talks about singing before competing, her recovery routine and traveling.

The snowboarder explains on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr why she is just as proud of her two bronze medals (2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics) as she is of her gold.

Kelly tells Richard about how she copes with injuries and how her preparations are going for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The Kelly Clark Foundation provides youth with the resources and opportunities to achieve their highest potential through snowboarding.

You can learn more about the foundation here. You can follow Kelly on twitter @Kellyclarkfdn 

65 Michelle Carter – Shot Put Olympic Champion

With her last throw in the competition Michelle Carter became the Olympic Shot Put Champion in Rio de Janeiro last year.

Michelle Carter relives that moment on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr podcast.

Confidence becomes the keyword of her conversation with Richard.

Michelle discusses her ‘You Throw Girl Sports Confidence Camp’.

The American talks about coping with hypothyroidism and how make-up keeps her confident.

We also learn about Michelle’s family including her rivalry with her sister and her relationship with her dad.

Her father, Michael Carter, is her coach and a former Olympic silver medalist in shot put.

His father was also a three-time NFL Super Bowl winner.

If you would like to learn even more about Michelle, head to her website and you can follow her on Twitter.

63 Nicola Thost – Snowboarding Olympic Champion

Nicola Thost was the first snowboarding Olympic Champion in the women’s halfpipe.

Nicola Thost won gold at the Nagano games in 1998.

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

Richard interviews Nicola Thost, a day before her 40th birthday, giving her a chance to reflect on her 25-year-old career.

They discuss her training regime, coping with injuries and the mental aspect of the sport.

Nicola also talks about how the sport has changed since she won gold, as well as her interest in yoga.

You can LIKE Nicola on Facebook at facebook.com/nicolathost and follow her on Instagram.

62 Emma Snowsill – Triathlon Olympic Champion

 In 2008 Emma Snowsill became the Olympic Champion in triathlon and is this week’s guest on the Best in the World with Richard Parr.

The former World Champion explains to Richard how she got started in the sport.

Emma discussed her training methods and philosophies along with the mental side of competing.

The champion talks about her experience of the Olympic village.

She had to go through appeal processes after not being selected for the 2004 and 2012 games.

The Australian also tells Richard how her life has changed since becoming a mother.

You can follow Emma on Twitter and learn more about her new company at ryzon.net.

61 Lenny Krayzelburg – Swimming Olympic Champion

Lenny Krayzelburg won three gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the 100 metres and 200 metres backstroke.

He also won gold in the 4x100m medley.

He also claimed another swimming gold in the medley four years later in Athens.

On this week’s podcast, Lenny tells Richard about how his swimming career now helps him run the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy.

The five-time World Record holder talks about moving to the United States at a young age from Ukraine.

Lenny explains his training schedule, the quality of swimmers he was training with and the dangers of overtraining.

The American also talks about how he would cope with injuries.

To find out more about the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy head to lennykswim.com.