Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin dishes on her new training team - a group of Cal Berkeley guys

Missy Franklin has been easily dubbed one of the sweethearts of the swimming world, but after losing out on the medal stand in most of her events in Rio, and walking away with only one gold medal from a relay – she changed things up.

The 21-year-old swimmer took a step back and reflected on what happened in Rio and how she wanted to get over it.

There is a lot of pressure. It's the Olympics and everyone feels that – it's the Olympics. For me, when I am out there, I care most about everyone that has helped me get to where I am," she shared during an interview ahead of the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco. "When I feel like I haven't lived up to my own expectations, I' feel like I'm not living up theirs, so I know those people that got me there, the only thing they care about is me having fun and doing my best. They said, you did your best. You qualified for your second Olympic team at 21 and you still got a gold medal."

It's that positive outlook that allowed her to stay focused on her goals and make the changes she needed to, starting with switching out her team.

After swimming for the Cal Berkeley Bears Women's team, then turning pro and training solo ahead of the Rio Games, Franklin decided to return to Berkley to continue school, but remain a pro and train with the largely male post-graduate, professional group led by Cal men's head coach Dave Durden.

And needless to say, it's pretty fun.

"My Bear bros – it's awesome. It's amazing," Franklin gushed of her new teammates.

And what is it really like to hang out with a bunch of speedo-clad, super buff guys? It's as you'd expect.

"We were training at the Olympic training center and there's a hot tub, and were all in there afterwards there's me and like 25 guys in the hot tub. And one of my teammates looked over at me and said, 'Do you know how many girls' dreams this is right now?' 'And I was like – don't flatter yourself.'"

That's the thing about Franklin – she's grounded. The happy go-lucky swimmer said that while it's probably a fantasy for most women, for her, it's a huge leg up in helping her stay competitive.

"My teammates, my coach, to train with a group of men that are so motivated and are so fun, and just enjoying what they're doing and pushing each other and pushing me, it's incredible. They've really accepted me, which I appreciate so much.

I definitely get a hard time, but so does everybody. When you get a little bit of grief, you feel like you're in."

Watch the full interview below:

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