Rank #1: Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell is best know for his work as an author including five New York Times Best Sellers: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), Outliers: The Story of Success (2008), What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures (2009), and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (2013). He has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1996 and is also the host of one of the most popular podcasts: Revisionist History. Malcolm sat down with Lance in New York for an engaging discussion on a variety of topics including: the order of triathlon events, sports nutrition, the use of power meters in cycling, Edward Snowden, and much more.
Rank #2: Mia Khalifa
Mia Khalifa is a former adult film actress. A brief stint in the porn industry led her to be named to the ISIS hit list. She joined Lance in Austin to discuss her experience in the adult film world, a conversation she has never shared publicly. She also talked about the stigma around the industry and how the label has followed her. They discuss her passion for sports, her cooking show and challenges of trying to date.
Rank #3: George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde, & Dylan Casey
George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde, and Dylan Casey are former professional cyclists who raced for various professional teams during their cycling careers. All three went on to great successes in their post cycling careers. The guys got together with Lance for an epic 24 hour mountain bike ride in the Sonoran Desert known as 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo. All four guys sat down in the trailer pre-race for a quick catchup.
Rank #4: Brett Favre
NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Brett Favre is this week’s guest on The Forward Podcast. Lance and The Gunslinger sat down after they completed their ride at the annual Bo Bikes Bama event in Auburn, Alabama. They talked about Brett’s new found passion for endurance events, his hall of fame career and the issues of brain injuries in the NFL. The interview took place at the home of former Auburn football Coach Pat Dye. Dye pulled up a chair and talk about his own successful coaching career, what he learned from Bear Bryant and how the game has changed.
Rank #5: Bo Jackson
Bo Jackson is a retired professional football and baseball player. He is one of a select few athletes to be named an All-Star in two major sports, and the only one to do so in baseball and football. Bo is regarded by many as the greatest athlete of all time. He stopped by Lance’s to talk: football, baseball, parenting and his most embarrassing moment as an athlete.
Rank #6: Ryan Holiday
Ryan Holiday is a best selling author who has written: "Trust Me I'm Lying", "Ego is the Enemy" and his latest "Perennial Seller." Lance caught up with Ryan in Austin to talk: marketing a book, stoicism, speaking to sports teams, the Gawker fallout and their shared passion for Iron Maiden.
Rank #7: Tim Kennedy
Tim Kennedy is a Special Forces sniper, Green Beret and former MMA fighter. Tim and Lance did a workout at the Onnit Academy and then taped an episode in The Forward studio. They talked about gun control, school shootings and Tim's role as a sniper as he sets off for his 13th deployment.
Rank #8: Rickie Fowler
PGA pro golfer Rickie Fowler is currently ranked among the top ten in the world. The California native stopped by The Forward studio to discuss the current state of golf, pursuing his first major win, influence on the youth of golf and his US Olympic experience.
Rank #9: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. He has garnered much notoriety for his appearances on The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the late night circuit and more. Neil stopped by Lance’s to talk: the new generation’s take on science, the future of NASA, science in schools and much more.
Rank #10: Bill Burr
Bill Burr is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and podcaster from Canton, Massachusetts. He is best known for his Monday Morning Podcast and his role on the hit American Television series “Breaking Bad.” Burr recently launched his critically acclaimed animated series on Netflix entitled “F is for Family.” Bill stopped by Lance’s hotel room on a trip to Los Angeles to catch up about: sports, comedians performing in arenas, flying helicopters and much more.
Rank #11: Bode Miller
Lance sat down with American World Cup ski racer and six-time Olympic medallist Bode Miller in Aspen to talk about Miller's decorated alpine skiing career and more. Their candid conversation touched on everything from Miller’s unconventional upbringing, to what it feels like to fly down a mountain at 100 miles per hour, to the mental game of higher-risk sports like skiing and cycling. Miller, now a father of four, also talks about his passion for horse racing, and shares what’s next, following his formal retirement from ski racing.
Rank #12: Rickey Gates
Rickey Gates is an ultra runner hailing from Colorado. He just completed a self supported trans America run over 5 months. He and Lance caught up in Aspen to discuss why he chose to run across the country, his time living in Antartica, working with the 10th Mountain Huts and the explosion of trail running.
Rank #13: The Avett Brothers
Scott and Seth Avett are founding members of the Avett Brothers. Formed in North Carolina the San Francisco Chronicle describes the band with "heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles the raw energy of the Ramones.”
Lance recently caught up with the brothers during a visit to North Carolina. They shared their memories of Chris Cornell, playing with Willie Nelson and backing Bob Dylan at the Grammy’s. The brothers also discussed May It Last, the Judd Apatow directed documentary which was recently acquired by HBO.
Rank #14: Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan is an American Country musician and songwriter. Bryan has currently sold over 7 million albums and over 27 million singles worldwide. Luke met up with Lance in Austin, Texas to talk: writing songs for artists, performing in Houston after the flood, raising a family, performing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, and more.
Rank #15: 2017 TDF Preview
Lance Armstrong shares his perspective on the 2017 Tour de France co-hosted by longtime Austin radio personality JB Hager. Stages airs about an hour after each stage finish, from July 1-23 at StagesPodcast.com. The first episode is the preview show.
Rank #16: Chris Evert
One of the most successful tennis players of all time, Chris Evert, stopped by for Episode 6 of The Forward Podcast with Lance Armstrong. Chris won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and 3 doubles titles during her career and now serves as a tennis analyst for ESPN. Lance and Chris cover topics such as: life after sports, tennis, family, and much more.
Rank #17: Bryan Fogel - Part 1
Bryan Fogel joins Lance to discuss his Academy Award nominated Best Documentary, Icarus. They discuss Bryan’s original vision of the film and how that changed. Bryan goes into detail about he got to know former Russian anti doping lab director Grigory Rodchenkov. They review the doping program that Bryan was on to compete at the Haute Route. Part one concludes with Bryan elaborating on how Russia was able to circumvent the testing process during the Sochi Olympic Games.
Rank #18: Charles Barkley
NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is on The Forward with Lance Armstrong. Taped from Scottsdale, AZ. Sir Charles opens up about going through his own adversity and what he learned. The pair talk about their relationship with Tiger Woods and Charles' fondness for gambling. Barkley talks about who's the real #1 from Auburn. Him or Bo Jackson. Charles also discusses how a spitting incident on a fan changed his entire outlook on life.
Rank #19: Seal
Seal is a four time grammy award winning British singer-songwriter. To date he has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and is best known for his single “Kiss from a Rose” that originally appeared on the Batman Forever soundtrack in 1995. A chance encounter on a bike path with Lance in Aspen led to this week’s episode of The Forward where Lance and Seal cover a wide variety of topics including: fitness, touring, childhood, missed opportunities and more.
Rank #20: Alex Honnold
Alex Honnold is a professional adventure rock climber whose audacious free-solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognized and followed climbers in the world. He recently sat with Lance in his Las Vegas home to discuss his entry into the sport, the inherent risks with free soloing and the documentary Free Solo. The film chronicles his free solo scale unsupported and without ropes up the famous El Capitan, the 3,000 vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park.