Olivia Dunne, a gymnast at LSU, avoids in-person classes out of concern for her safety.
Olivia Dunne, an LSU gymnast and social media influencer, may have lifelong fame and fortune, but being in the spotlight is not without its challenges.
Dunne talked about these challenges—including the fact that she is unable to attend in-person classes on the LSU campus because of safety concerns—in a recent interview with Elle's Kayla Webley Adler.
Dunne, an online learner, stated, "I just want to be as careful as possible because there have been some scares in the past."
" "I don't want people to know my daily schedule and where I am."
At LSU's 2023 home opener against the University of Utah, one of those incidents reportedly involved a group of men harassing some gymnasts as they "demanded to see" Dunne.
Adler claimed that the group of one hundred to two hundred men "chanted wildly during the competition, disrupting the performance of other gymnasts."
For the remainder of the season, the LSU athletic department hired private security to escort the team to meets, and Adler noted that there were no further incidents. The Tigers proceeded to the NCAA finals, where they placed fourth.
With millions of fans on all of her social media channels, Dunne has become one of the most well-known collegiate athletes in the country. With a NIL valuation of $3.4 million, she is also the highest paid female athlete in college sports.