“Only Took One Try”: Returning to Gymnastics, Olivia Dunne Shows Off Her Skills on Home Turf

Published 08/30/2023, 12:39 PM EDT

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Olivia Dunne has returned to LSU after her summer vacation. She bid farewell to the sun-soaked days, with a carousel of images showing her favorite moments from the past few months. Accompanying the post was a caption that captured the bittersweet essence of transition: “There’s 104 days of summer vacation till school comes along just to end it.”

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But even as Livvy returned to her academic routine, her online presence didn’t skip a beat. Her viral posts continued to light up screens, affirming her status as a social media sensation. This also draws the audience into the world of gymnastics. Amidst the whirlwind of attention, Dunne’s recent post unveiled another layer of her identity—that of a dedicated athlete.

Olivia Dunne shows off her skills at LSU

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In a recent TikTok video, she showcases her commitment to her craft. Against the backdrop of Usher’s catchy beats in “OMG,” she enters a handstand, a feat that demands excellent balance and razor-sharp focus.

But Livvy is not content with the ordinary. The video showcases her commitment to her craft. In the video, she engages in a handstand, defying gravity with a 180-degree spin that culminates in a graceful split.

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The location is familiar: the LSU gymnasium, a place that has witnessed countless hours of dedication and discipline. The walls are adorned with mottos, with hues of purple and yellow dancing in harmony.

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Dunne’s attire is a blend of sporty and chic; she wears a grey sweatshirt paired with black tights, a nod to the balance she maintains between being an athlete and a trendsetter. Livvy’s caption, “This definitely only took one try,” playfully winks at the behind-the-scenes effort that goes into such seemingly effortless displays. Back on campus, Dunne was spotted with her roommate and close friend, Elena Marenas.

Her playful camaraderie with her roommate

Recently, Livvy and Elena’s viral locker room video set the internet abuzz. Dancing to the tune of “Runnin’ Through My Mind,” the two gymnasts exuded a contagious energy, showcasing their playful camaraderie.

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The video, featuring them in shorts, captured a candid moment, humanizing their larger-than-life personas. Elena was also responsible for introducing Dunne to Paul Skenes. Today, Dunne and Skenes are in a relationship. This highlights the significance of their friendship.

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Olivia Dunne’s gymnastic prowess has solidified her status as a TikTok sensation as well as a dedicated athlete. As she prepares herself for the upcoming gymnastics season at LSU, her return to the gym becomes a spectacle in its own right.

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Christaline Meyers

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Christaline Meyers is a pro-writer for Essentially Sports. Having contributed to movies and web series, Christaline delved into sports journalism and like the puck on the ice, has been a force to be reckoned with in the US sports arena. Her experience in writing about the latest WSL event, the recent track and field record, and creative gymnastics routines, found her digging deeper into the minds of legends like Kelly Slater, Usain Bolt, and Simone Biles.
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