Olivia Dunne Attempts to Recruit Olympic Champion Suni Lee to Join LSU Gymnastics Team

The duo’s respective schools faced off in a meet on Friday.
Olivia Dunne

Olivia Dunne.

Olivia Dunne is a social media star and junior on the LSU gymnastics team, but she’s clearly up for adding more talent to the team’s roster. In a recent TikTok post, the 20-year-old joked about convincing 2020 Olympic all-around champion and Auburn gymnast Suni Lee to join the Tigers.

“me trying to convince my Olympic champion friend to transfer to LSU...” Dunne wrote across the top of her video.

In the clip, she mouthed along to the sound, “It would be so awesome, it would be so cool.” Dunne wore an LSU-branded warm-up jacket with her blonde hair in a braided updo. The two women exchanged glances and smiles in the snippet.

“Was worth a shot...” Dunne wrote in the caption of the post she shared with her 7.1 million followers.

Lee is a sophomore at Auburn. Last November, she revealed on Twitter that this would be her last season competing for the Tigers, as she’ll then shift her focus to preparing for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

“Isn’t that a NCAA violation?” someone quipped in the comments, to which Dunne replied, “Idk I am joking it’s a tik tok.”

While Dunne and Lee were friendly in their social media clip, the two competed against each other last Friday night when their respective schools faced off at Neville Arena. Auburn won the meet by a score of 197.750 to 197.500. Dunne remains sidelined from competing due to an injury.

Next up, LSU will take on Florida on Friday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. CT.

Make sure to follow SI Lifestyle in Google News!

Cara O’Bleness


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.