LSU gymnast Olivia Dunne has a fervent fan base and finally competed in front of her fans in her first event of the year.
The 20-year-old had been dealing with injury, but on Friday she helped lead No. 8 LSU to victory over No. 9 Alabama by a score of 197.975-197.925.
Dunne did his part by posting a 9.825 on the bars.
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The Tigers will return to action on March 3. Dunne has become a social media sensation and has more than 3.7 million followers on Instagram.
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Dunne’s sister Julz decided to celebrate the win via social media.
«Don’t worry about the screaming,» Julz captioned an Instagram Story post that showed a TV screen with her sister competing.
Dunne is in his junior year at LSU and has had huge crowds at his meets.
The attention from fans has led police to increase security at their matches and LSU has implemented new security measures.
In January, Dunne tweeted that he appreciated the support from fans, but urged them to be more respectful.
«I will always appreciate and love your support but if you come to a meeting I want to ask you to be respectful of other gymnasts and the gymnastics community as we are just doing our job,» she wrote.
Dunne is one of the most followed college athletes in social media.
According to On3 Sports, Dunne has an NIL valuation of $2.3 million. He reportedly earns around $2 million from various endorsements, including the sportswear brand Vuori, American Eagle and Planet Fuel. Dunne also signed with the WME Sports agency.
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When Dunne first started at LSU in 2021, he made the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll and was a WCGA Academic All-American. She was a WCGA All-American on the uneven bars and, in 2022, she was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.