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01/14/2013 03:39 pm ET

Missy Franklin Bottle Practice: Olympic Swimmer Displays Training Method (VIDEO)

How do you get to the Olympics? Practice.

How do you score a five-medal haul -- including four gold -- and become a breakout swimming star at the Olympics? Practicing the backstroke while balancing a bottle on your head, of course.

Missy Franklin, who swam her first high school swim meet since the London Games earlier this month, was spotted by KUSA-TV in Denver exhibiting her unorthodox practice routine.

"It's a drill she frequently does to practice head stabilization which helps her set world records and win Olympic gold medals," described the WUSA-TV anchor.

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Franklin, 17, committed to attend Cal after her senior year at Regis Jesuit High School. Does famed Golden Bears swim coach Teri McKeever, who worked with Franklin during the Olympics, knows about this training method? At the very least, McKeever knows the teen swim sensation has a sense of humor.

"When she told me, she tricked me into thinking she was going somewhere else, so my heart sank for about 30 seconds before she cleared it up, so that was good," McKeever told Swimming World, recalling how Franklin told her that she would be attending Cal. "I've had the pleasure of working with her, and I did ask her to call me before the Olympics, and I said there's nothing more that I would like than to be your coach as we move forward, but I don't want to walk through this experience and feel like this is a dress rehearsal or an audition. I'm going to work and communicate as the head women's coach at the Olympics and you'll have an idea of what I'm like, and when it's time we'll talk about Cal."

Before leaving Colorado for Berkley, Franklin intends to enjoy her time with her high school, despite initial controversy over her involvement in competition.

"I want to make the sport better, definitely not take away from it at all," Franklin told The Associated Press after her first meet of the season. "That's what made the decision so hard was the comments. I mean, that's not their fault at all, that's them being honest and giving their opinion. I totally understand that. They are concerned that I can take attention away. It's totally true. I feel so guilty whenever that happens."

Given her apparent dedication in practice and displayed dominance at the Olympics, Franklin's competition will have their work cut out for them if they want to take the spotlight back.

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