New year, new Olivia Dunne.
The LSU gymnastics star, who is the highest-earning female athlete in the NCAA, showed off a seemingly new flip for her vault routine in a video she posted to Instagram on Friday.
“Hey seniors can play with new skills too,” Dunne, who has 4.4 million Instagram followers, captioned the post.
Dunne, 20, has become a Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) sensation since the NCAA permitted athletes to profit from it, reportedly earning seven figures.
She will begin her fourth and final season with LSU in the spring.
Dunne specializes in uneven bars and earned All-American honors in the event her freshman season.
Last year, Dunne averaged an impressive 9.788 on the event for the season and a season-high of 9.850 at the SEC Championships.
Dunne recently began her modeling career, making her debut in the esteemed Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition.
She posed in a variety of sultry looks on the beach in the photoshoot.
“When people look at my Sports Illustrated photos, I want them to take away that you can have the best of both worlds,” Dunne, who made her SI Swimsuit debut in the 2023 magazine, said in a video she recorded for the photoshoot.
“You can be an athlete, you can be in school, you can do modeling, but you can have the best of both worlds — and you can be a strong, independent woman while doing it all.”
Dunne, who is dating acclaimed Pirates prospect Paul Skenes, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2023 MLB draft, was one of just two athletes featured in the SI photoshoot, along with LSU basketball star Angel Reese.
“As a female athlete, I hope I can bring attention to how amazing college sports are and how hard college athletics are,” Dunne told the outlet. “People don’t see [behind the scenes] every day of my college athletics, and it’s very time consuming.
“In gymnastics, a lot of people only watch the Olympics every four years, and I feel like I’ve been able to use my platform to bring an audience to college gymnastics, and people are starting to see how amazing all these gymnasts are.”
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