LSU Gymnast Olivia Dunne Reveals Her Struggles (and Wipeouts) on the Balance Beam

The 2023 SI Swimsuit model got candid about her strengths and weaknesses when it comes to her sport.
Olivia Dunne

Olivia Dunne.

Whether you’re an NCAA athlete or just an average Joe, we’ve all got our strengths and weaknesses. Olivia Dunne, an LSU gymnast and reportedly the highest-paid female college athlete in the country, revealed on TikTok that even she struggles with one particular aspect of her sport: the balance beam.

The 20-year-old began her video by documenting a flawless dismount from bars in the gym, followed by the end of an impressive floor routine. The clip then cut to several snippets of Dunne falling off the balance beam, as she could be seen crashing to the ground after four different attempts.

“Beam: 1 Livvy: 0 #foryou #gymnastics,” the New Jersey native playfully captioned her post, which racked up 2.2 million views in three days.

“i [once] split the beam so bad i couldn’t walk normally for 2 days,” one of Dunne’s 7.6 million followers admitted in the comments section, to which the 2023 SI Swimsuit model replied, “It really be like that.”

“Wow! A lot of dedication there! I know that’s how it’s done but are there like hockey pads or something to protect your tailbone?” one person inquired.

“I really don’t know how you can do the things you gymnasts do,” another fan applauded. “its amazing.”

“omg lol my daughter just started gymnastics and the beam be winning too 😂,” someone else quipped.

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Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.