Viral gymnast Olivia Dunne unable to attend university classes over "safety concerns"
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Viral gymnast Olivia ‘Livvy’ Dunne can no longer attend her university classes due to safety concerns.
Dunne is a student and gymnast at Louisiana State University who has garnered a massive following online since first going viral two years ago.
As an athlete, she competed in the 2018 US Classic as well as the National Championships, which helped her to attain the title of 2022’s highest-valued woman in college athletics. Indeed, on the uneven bars, she claimed a sensational score of 9.875 in her NCAA debut.
However, since the ‘Baby Gronk’ meme Dunne has become a household name, having built an enormous following across TikTok, Instagram, and X (formerly Twitter).
However, viral stardom also has its downsides. In the past LSU have had to amp up security at competitions after swathes of fans showed up to the university to see Dunne in action.
And the 20-year-old’s fame has now begun to affect her education.
Olivia Dunne can’t attend LSU classes due to “safety reasons”
Dunne has stopped attending her in-person classes due to potential threats to her safety.
The college gymnast opened up about the situation on Tuesday in an interview with Elle, explaining that she could no longer attend her classes due to “safety reasons”.
“There were some scares in the past, and I just want to be as careful as possible,” Dunne explained. “I don’t want people to know my daily schedule and where I am.”
Dunne has previously spoken out about her safety on campus and at competitions. After fans crowded her at a gymnastics competition she took to Twitter (X) to ask her supporters to “be respectful.”
At the time she said: “I will always appreciate and love the support from you guys, but if you come to a meet, I want to ask you to please be respectful of the other gymnasts and the gymnastics community as we are just doing our job.”