MEET THE EXPERTS

Discovery Australia

Episode 1

Bob Nudd – Professional Angler
Bob Nudd, MBE is the first English angler to win four individual World Freshwater Angling Championships. He represented the England team at the international level for more than 24 years, during which time he became arguably the best known angler in the world. He was contender for BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in 1991. Nudd lives in Cambridgeshire, England, and writes monthly for Improve Your Coarse Fishing Magazine. He is still known as one of Britain's greatest anglers.
 

Katie Kerwin McCrimmon – Spelling Bee Champion
Katie Kerwin McCrimmon is the senior writer for Health News Colorado, and former analyst for ESPN’s annual coverage of the National Spelling Bee, which she won in 1979 by correctly spelling the word “maculature.” McCrimmon’s spelling bee win earned her full scholarship to Colorado College, where she graduated with a degree in journalism in 1987. She previously worked as an award-winning reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, where she was a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for spot news coverage of a devastating Colorado wild fire.
 

Zydrunas Savickas (Big Z) – World’s Strongest Man
Titled as the strongest man of all-time, Zydrunas Savickas – or Big Z as he’s known – hails from and resides in Lithuania. Standing 1.91m (6-foot-3-inches) and competing at 180kg (400 pounds), Big Z is the only modern strongman competitor to have won every current major strongman competition, most notably the World’s Strongest Man in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014, and the Arnold Strongman Classic on six consecutive occasions from 2003-2008, and again in 2014. He also possesses two International Federation of Strength Athletes (IFSA) Strongman World Championship titles, three Europe’s Strongest Man championships, four World Log Lift Championships, and is an 11-time Lithuania’s Strongest Man champion.

 

Episode 2

Matt Le Tissier – Football Expert
One of the most prolific players to have played in the English Premier League, Guernsey-born Matt Le Tissier spent his entire professional career with Southampton FC, and received eight International caps for the England national team. The first midfielder to score over 100 Premier League goals, Le Tissier managed to find the net 161 times in a Southampton shirt during 443 appearances. He represented the South coast club for over 16 years, and is still to this day considered as one of the world’s best penalty takers, converting 47-of-48 from the spot – a Premier League record. Following his retirement as a player, Le Tissier became a football pundit, and currently works as a panelist for Sky Sports.
 

Callum Colquhoun – Expert Mechanic
Callum Colquhoun is a member of the Volkswagen Motorsport World Rally Championship mechanic team. An Australian, Colquhoun helped the squad to win both the World Drivers’ and World Constructors’ Championships in 2013 and 2014.

 

Episode 3

Minhyong Kim – University of Oxford Professor of Number Theory
Professor Minhyong Kim is a South Korean mathematician who specializes in arithmetical algebraic geometry. He received his PhD at Yale University in 1990 and has worked since at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, University of Arizona, Purdue University, Korea Institute for Advanced Study, and University College London. He is currently a Professor of Number Theory and Fellow of Merton College at the University of Oxford.
 

Peter Csonka – Kayak Champion
Peter Csonka is a champion freestyle kayaker and creek kayaker from Slovakia who has been kayaking for about 15 years. He is a three-time silver medalist in the World Freestyle Championships, has won the World Cup twice, been European champion, won bronze in the European Championships, won five European championships and is an 11-time Slovak Champion. Csonka is an Adidas® sponsored athlete and represents the brand at many events and festivals.

 

Episode 4

Matiss Karro – Motorcross Champion
Matiss Karro is the current Maxxis ACU British Motocross Champion. Born in Riga, Latvia, he first rode a bike at the age of three, and participated in his first race at the age of four. He is nine-time Latvian champion and started riding in European competitions over six years ago. Karro began gaining international success and was scouted by Motocross teams. He signed to his first UK team at 17 and has been signed to his current team, Steve Turner Racing, for three years. His dream is to become World Champion, which is in reach after taking home the British Championship crown in 2014.
 

Luciano Monosilio – Michelin-Starred Chef
Luciano Monosilio is the executive chef at Pipero al Rex in Rome, Italy. Monosilio has worked in a kitchen from a young age – starting in his neighborhood pizzeria. After attending catering school, he made his debut at age 20 in the kitchen of Roscioli in Rome, Italy. Through collaboration with Fulvio Pierangelini and Mauro Uliassi, Monosilio worked for two years in a Cape Town, South Africa restaurant, before returning to Italy at Adriano Baldassarre’s Tordo Matto. Monosilio continued training in the kitchen of the tri-starred Enrico Crippa, before the opening of Pipero al Rex. Nicknamed the ‘King of Carbonara,’ Monosilio achieved his Michelin star in 2012. His restaurant serves modern Roman food, including his signature carbonara.

 

Episode 5

Johnny Petraglia – Professional Bowler
A member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Halls of Fame, Johnny Petraglia is a retired professional bowler, currently residing in Jackson, New Jersey. A lefty, Petraglia won 14 PBA Tour titles and eight Senior PBA Tour titles. His best season as a pro came in 1971, when he won five titles in all. That year included consecutive wins in the last three tournaments of the season – culminated by a major championship in the Firestone Tournament of Champions. Petraglia would win two more majors: the 1977 Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America U.S. Open and 1980 PBA National Championship, making him one of only six players to earn the PBA career "Triple Crown." Petraglia has bowled an impressive 48 perfect games, recording the highest score possible (300) in a game of bowling.


Alicja Smietana – Expert Musician
A violinist, Alicja Smietana performs works from Bach to Contemporary music with, what was described as "Extraordinary brilliance and sensibility.” Winner of numerous competitions and awards – including First Prize at the Israeli International Competition and Brahms Society Award – Smietana studied at the Krakow Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Kronberg Academy. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician together with Gidon Kremer, Nigel Kennedy, Ivan Monighetti, Yuri Bashmet, Martha Argerich, Simon Rattle, Gustav Dudamel, Boris Pergamenshikov and others all around the world. As a soloist she's performed with many world-renowned orchestras and ensembles, and has performed in venues including Berlin Philharmonic and Royal Albert Hall.

 

Episode 6

Jeff Schettler – Expert Tracker
Jeff Schettler is a retired police K9 handler, who was attached to the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Teams’ K9 Assistance Program for two years. This program was designed to locate and apprehend high-risk fugitives on the run. Schettler has worked hundreds of trailing cases across the U.S. and is a specialist in the areas of tactical tracking applications. Schettler is a certified military trainer, graduating from the prestigious US Army’s Leadership Academy also known as Drill Sergeant School. His work has been seen on CNN, ABC, CBS, Unsolved Mysteries, and MYTHBUSTERS. He is considered an expert witness in tracking/trailing and the author of four books on K9 Tracking Work published by Alpine Publications. He also writes for K9 Cop Magazine.

 

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