Olivia Dunne Reflects on 18 Years of Gymnastics as Her Senior Season Comes to a Close

The athlete is making the most of her last few months in the gym.
Olivia Dunne

Olivia Dunne.

Olivia Dunne has spent the past 18 years in a leotard. Ever since she got involved with her sport at the age of 3, the 21-year-old has donned her best and brightest outfits and hit the gym for gymnastics practice.

It has been a lifelong dedication, and one that brought her to the big stage, too: a Division I scholarship at LSU, where she has honed her gymnastics skills for the past several years. But, Dunne is a senior now, and her time on the mat is coming to an end.

We all know what endings feel like, so there’s an extent to which we can relate to the sensations she’s experiencing. To go from almost two decades of consistent practice to little or no gym time will surely be disorienting, and Dunne expressed as much in a recent TikTok video.

Across the clip, the athlete wrote, “When the sport I’ve done for the past 18 years will come to an end in less than 2 months.” She sat in her blue sparkly LSU uniform, which had Tigers written across the front in silver sequins, and mouthed the words to a popular TikTok sound: “All that work, and what did it get me?”

Dunne has always expressed a love for her gymnastics experience on social media and beyond, and right now she’s “enjoying every last minute,” she wrote in the caption of the video. As always, we’ll be rooting for her until her last day on the mat.

Martha Zaytoun


Martha Zaytoun is a Lifestyle & Trending News writer for SI Swimsuit. Before joining the team, Martha worked on the editorial board of the University of Notre Dame’s student magazine and on the editorial team at Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham Magazines in North Carolina. When not working, Martha loves to watercolor and oil paint, run or water ski. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a huge Fighting Irish fan.