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

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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."

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Missy Franklin (top) of the United States is consoled by teammate Maya Dirado during the women's 200-meter backstroke semifinal at Rio 2016 on Thursday, August 11, 2016. Franklin, the world record holder in the event and the defending Olympic gold medalist, failed to make the finals. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Missy Franklin of the United States prepares to take the water for the women's 200-meter backstroke semifinal at Rio 2016 on Thursday, August 11, 2016. Franklin, the world record holder in the event and the defending Olympic gold medalist, failed to make the finals. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Missy Franklin of the United States embraces Madeline Dirado of the United States in the second Semifinal of the Women's 200m Backstroke on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin buries her face in the water after a poor finish in the women's 200m Backstroke at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (Mark Reis/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Missy Franklin (right) of the United States is consoled by teammate Maya Dirado during the women's 200-meter backstroke semifinal at Rio 2016 on Thursday, August 11, 2016. Franklin, the world record holder in the event and the defending Olympic gold medalist, failed to make the finals. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Missy Franklin of the United States looks on prior to the second Semifinal of the Women's 200m Backstroke on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Missy Franklin (right) of the United States is consoled by teammate Maya Dirado during the women's 200-meter backstroke semifinal at Rio 2016 on Thursday, August 11, 2016. Franklin, the world record holder in the event and the defending Olympic gold medalist, failed to make the finals. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Missy Franklin checks her time after a women's 200-meter backstroke eliminator heat at Rio 2016 on Wednesday, August 10, 2016. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08: Missy Franklin of United state competes in the first Semifinal of the Women's 200m Freestyle on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 10: U.S.A. swimmers (from left) Katie Ledecky, Madeline Dirado, Leah Smith and Allison Schmitt hold an American flag after accepting their gold medals for winning the women's 4x 200-meter freestyle relay final at Rio 2016 on Wednesday, August 10, 2016. The United States edged out Australia (silver) and Canada (bronze). Missy Franklin was not added to the foursome after she struggled during an individual freestyle semifinal. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Missy Franklin of the United States competes in the Women's 200m Backstroke heat on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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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:

PHOTOS: Inside the 2017 Laureus Awards

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MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Laureus World Comeback of the Year winner Swimmer Michael Phelps of the US accepts his award from Laureus Academy member Boris Becker during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Winner of the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award F1 Driver and Laureus Ambassador Nico Rosberg of Germany poses with his award at the Winners Press Conference and Photocall during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Winner of the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Swimmer Michael Phelps of the US poses with his trophy at the Winners Press Conference and Photocall during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Winner of the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award Gymnast Simone Biles of the US poses with her trophy the Winners Press Conference and Photocall during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Laureus Ambassador Missy Franklin on stage welcomes Gymnast Simone Biles of the US the winner of the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award nominee Athlete Usian Bolt of Jamaica attends the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Host Hugh Grant on stage during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Winner of the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award Fencer Beatrice Vio of Italy with her trophy at the Winners Press Conference and Photocall during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Laureus)
LARVOTTO, Feb. 15, 2017 -- Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene pose for photos on the red carpet at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Larvotto, Monaco on Feb. 14, 2017. (Xinhua/Chen Yichen via Getty Images)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Prince Albert II of Monaco speaks as Gymnast Simone Biles of the US the winner of the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award and Laureus Academy member Nadia Comaneci with Laureus Ambassador Missy Franklin look on during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Prince Albert II of Monaco speaks on stage during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Laureus Academy member Alessandro Del Piero attends the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Jason Kenny and wife Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year nominee Cyclist Laura Kenny of Great Britain attend the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru of Estonia attends the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Wheelchair racer Marcel Hug of Switzerland attends the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Laureus Ambassador Nico Rosberg and Vivian Rosberg attend the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Tim Conibear from Waves For Change attend the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award winner Usian Bolt poses with the other Laureus World Sports Awards winners pose for a selfie on stage during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Winner of the Laureus Best Sporting Moment of the Year Award U-12 Coach for Barcelona FC Sergi Mila on behalf of the team attends the Winners Press Conference and Photocall during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. After the Junior Soccer World Challenge that the Barcelona U-12 team won they consoled their Japanese rivals after beating them 1-0 in the final (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Swimmer Michael Phelps of the US, winner of the Laureus World Comeback of the Year poses on stage with other winners during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Charlene,Princess of Monaco hands the Laureus Sport For Good award to Tim Conibear from Wavews For Change on stage during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Laureus Best Sporting Moment of the Year Award winner Barcelona FC U-12 group Coach FC Sergi Mila accepts on behalf of the team with Laureus Academy member Carles Puyol on stage during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. After the Junior Soccer World Challenge that the Barcelona U-12 team won they consoled their Japanese rivals after beating them 1-0 in the final (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Host Hugh Grant during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Winner of the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award F1 Driver and Laureus Ambassador Nico Rosberg of Germany poses with his award at the Winners Press Conference and Photocall during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Chairman and owner of the Chicago Cubs Tom Ricketts poses with the Laureus World Team of the Year Award accepted on behalf of the team at uring the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Athlete Usian Bolt of Jamaica with his Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Laureus Academy member Alessandro Del Piero hands the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award to winner Fencer Beatrice Vio of Italy as Clarence Seedorf looks on during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Winner of the Laureus Sport For Good award Tim Conibear from Waves For Change with his trophy at the Winners Press Conference and Photocall during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Laureus Academy member Michael Johnson shows his trainers during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Jason Kenny and wife Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year nominee Cyclist Laura Kenny of Great Britain attend the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Laureus Academy member Franz Klammer and guest attend the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Laureus Academy member Sir Chris Hoy and guest attend the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Laureus Academy member Edwin Moses attends the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Prince Albert II of Monaco and his Charlene,Princess of Monaco are greeted at the red carpet by Laureus Academy Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Laureus World Comeback of the Year nominee Swimmer Michael Phelps of the US and Nicole Phelps attend the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Host Hugh Grant and Anna Eberstein attend the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Host Hugh Grant and Anna Eberstein attend the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 14: Host Kate Abdo attends the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for Laureus)
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