NCAA Gymnast Olivia Dunne Introduces ESPY Award With Clever LSU Joke

The 2023 SI Swimsuit model, who is the highest-paid female college athlete in the country, drew cheers from the crowd.
Olivia Dunne.

Olivia Dunne.

LSU Tiger Olivia Dunne attended the ESPYs on Wednesday, July 12, stunned on the red carpet and introduced the award for Best Athlete, Men’s Sports at the Los Angeles event. 

“Hi, I’m Livvy Dunne,” the 2023 SI Swimsuit model began her segment as she stood in the aisles among the audience. She donned a gorgeous black cut-out gown featuring an asymmetrical one-shoulder neckline and accessorized with delicate gold jewelry and sleek black peep-toe heels. “A lot of people ask me what it’s like being at the ESPYs surrounded by elite athletes, literal champions and the people at the very top of their sport. Honestly, it's just like a normal day at LSU. Right guys?”

Dunne then gestured to the crowd beside her, where fellow LSU athlete and rapper Flau’jae Johnson was seated. Johnson’s teammate and SI Swimsuit model Angel Reese was honored with the ESPY Award for Best Breakthrough Athlete during the ceremony. 

“taking over the ESPYS like it’s just a normal day at LSU 😎,” the team wrote underneath a joint post of Dunne’s monologue.

“Using the moment to recruit >>>>>>,” one fan commented.

“Come on stick a landing, that was cute,” another complimented.

“Let’s Geaux!!” someone else wrote.

“#1 college brand in all the country,” one person added.

“Love it!! You did a great job. You’re a natural,” another gushed.

Dunne is the highest-paid female college athlete in the country, and rakes in an annual seven-figure salary as a result of name, image and likeness (NIL) brand deals and sponsorships.

Olivia Dunne.

Olivia Dunne.

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Ananya Panchal


Ananya Panchal is a NYC-based Lifestyle & Trending News writer at SI Swimsuit. Before joining the Swim team, the Boston University Alum worked for culture & entertainment beats at Bustle, The San Francisco Chronicle and the TODAY Show. When Ananya is not writing or doom-scrolling on social media, she can be found playing sudoku, rewatching One Tree Hill or trying new restaurants. She's also a coffee and chocolate (separately) enthusiast.