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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,...


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....


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 from asthma. You can learn more about...


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 a RV? 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...


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, how psychology has helped...


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...


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...


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 nickaname Old Stoneface and his role in forming the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). The...


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...


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 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...


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 pocast. 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...


71 Phillip Dutton – Eventing Olympic Champion

Phillip Dutton is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist in team eventing. The equestrian rider won at the 1996 and 2000 games. Last year at Rio he got his first individual medal, earning bronze. Phillip is our guest on this week’s Best in the World with Richard Parr. Phillip explains to Richard why he went from representing Australia to the United States. He talks about putting together a winning team, coping with nerves and how nutrition for horses has changed. He also discusses his...


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. With softball retuning to the Tokyo Olympics, Natasha reveals her disappointment of not being able to compete at the 2012 and 2016 games. The...


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 is now launching his own snack food line called Mighty Iota ( On the podcast he tells us how being an Olympic...


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 discusses the successes and failures throughout his career, in particular what went wrong after his victories at...


69 Charlotte Kalla – Cross-country skiing Olympic Champion

Our first cross-country skiers on the Best in the World with Richard Parr is considered one of the greatest of all time. Charlotte Kalla won gold in the 10km freestyle event at the 2010 Vancouver games and in the 4 x 5km relay at the 2014 Sochi games. The Swedish skier talks about choosing to train by herself rather than with the rest of the national team. Charlotte discusses her training, rest and recovery routines on the programme. The 2 x World Champion also explains why February 15 is...


68 Theresa Zabell – Sailing Olympic Champion

Theresa Zabell won Sailing gold in the 470 class at both the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. Theresa is our guest on this episode of the Best in the World with Richard Parr. The 5-time World Champion now runs Fundacion Ecomar, which teaches children about sailing and the environment. She has also worked in the European Parliament. We talk about this on the podcast. The Spaniard discusses her disappointment of not being selected for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Richard asks what it was like for...


67 Katerina Stefanidi - Pole Vault Olympic Champion

2016 Pole Vault Olympic Champion Katerina Stefanidi joins us on this edition of the Best in the World with Richard Parr. Katerina talks about her husband being her coach, what they changed ahead of winning Olympic gold and her confidence ahead of this year’s World Championships. The Greek athlete admits that she is scared of heights, talks about flipping houses and studying at Stanford. Katerina also tells Richard about growing up in an athletic family, changes she has made to her diet and...


65 Kelly Clark – Snowboarding Olympic Champion

Kelly Clark won gold in the halfpipe at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. 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. Also on the programme Kelly talks about singing before competing, her recovery routine and travelling. The American tells Richard about how she copes with injuries and how her preparations are going for the 2018 Winter Olympics....


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 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...