"Nutrition is a big part of my training," the four-time Olympic gold medalist tells PEOPLE

By Tiare Dunlap
June 25, 2016 11:35 AM

Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin may be world-renowned for her skills in the pool, but she’s got another gift she’s ready to share with the world – making omelets.

When she’s not training for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the four-time Olympic gold medalist can be found honing her skills in the art of breakfast.

“I’m a huge breakfast person so if I have a day off, I make a massive amazing breakfast,” Franklin, 21, tells PEOPLE.

After spending six days a week in the pool training, Franklin likes to unwind by cooking – a hobby to which she brings her competitive spirit.

“I’m very proud of myself because I’ve mastered the omelet flip in the pan,” she says. “I almost always make omelets just so I can flip them – that’s the most exciting part for me.”

Franklin pairs her omelets with whole-wheat toast and fresh fruit. She says the nutritious eating her training requites is something she “has a lot of fun with.”

“Nutrition is a big part of my training. If I’m not fueling my body with the right things then I’m not going to perform the way I need to,” she says. “I like knowing that I’m eating things that are good for me.”

Franklin, who won five medals (four of them gold) in her Olympic debut at the 2012 games in London at the age of 17 has said it’s her dream to become the most decorated female Olympian of all time.

“If I wasn t an Olympic swimmer, I would be an Olympic athlete in another sport,” she says. “I’m so competitive that I have to do some form of athletics.”

Franklin will be competing in the U.S. Olympic trials for swimming beginning Sunday in Omaha, Nebraska.

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