Olivia Dunne draws large crowd of young men as she cheers on her school LSU at the College World Series
- Dunne posted on Instagram that she was cheering on her Tigers in Omaha
- It drew significant attention – and significant crowds – to her
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Olivia Dunne drew quite the show when she showed up in Omaha, Nebraska to cheer on her alma mater.
Competing in the Men’s College World Series, Dunne was in the stands watching the LSU Tigers take on Wake Forest in the double-elimination round of the College Baseball Championships.
Dunne, herself an LSU student-athlete, posted an image on Instagram of her view behind home plate at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha with the caption “Let’s geaux tigahs.”
The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, popular gymnast and social media sensation drew a crowd of young men who stood near the section she was sitting in hoping to catch a glimpse of her.
This crowd grew so massive that journalist Ana Bellinghausen recorded video of people gathering near her section.
Olivia Dunne caught the eye away from the field during the Men’s College World Series
A large crowd of young men gathering around the section she was sitting in after posting
Dunne shared a photo on Instagram showing her watching LSU compete against Wake Forest
Dunne was even caught on ESPN cameras showing the gymnast signing an autograph on a hat for someone at the top of the fourth round.
The past few months have been a whirlwind for the New Jersey native, who made her SI swimsuit debut in April with a photo shoot in Puerto Rico in January.
“Two days ago I was in a competition, I was in school, then yesterday I flew here, had my fitting and here I am shooting,” Dunne said while filming.
Dunne told SI she hopes to use her social media presence to raise the profile of gymnastics outside of the four-year cycle of mainstream attention at the Olympics.
“In gymnastics, a lot of people only watch the Olympics every four years,” she told SI.
She added, “I feel like I was able to use my platform to bring an audience to college gymnastics, and people are starting to see how amazing all of these gymnasts are.”
Dunne, the LSU junior gymnast, has captured the attention of social media in recent months
Dunne took part in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit edition photo shoot in Puerto Rico
Dunne spoke about using his platform to bring attention to college gymnastics
She also talked about the reviews that are part and parcel of being a budding online superstar.
“People are always commenting on things they would never say to your face, so part of that is just having developed tough skin. Social media is hard,” she told SI Swimsuit.
“I think it’s important to defend yourself. It might be the Jersey girl in me, but I think the girls should know that [isn’t] ALL RIGHT [for people to say that]especially [because I’m] post things that any other student would post.
‘[Or I’m in] a leotard – which is the uniform required to be a gymnast. It’s ridiculous.
“There are always people who want to downplay your success and say it’s just because of how you look or it’s just luck.”