Star Athlete Sets Internet Ablaze With Patriotic Post

At just 20, Olivia Dunne, a celebrated gymnast from LSU, made a sparkling show of her patriotic spirit at a NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway.

Olivia shared a lively video on social media with two U.S. Army soldiers, proudly saying that her pronouns are “USA.” This video quickly became a sensation, with over half a million likes and four million views, adding to her impressive social media following of 7.6 million on TikTok and 4.2 million on Instagram. Indeed, she is one of the most popular college athletes online.

Her adventure at the Ally 400 race wasn’t limited to watching. She also enjoyed Parker McCollum’s thrilling pre-race concert. As a special guest, Olivia posted an intriguing photo of herself donning a headset with the caption “Start your engines…” and watched the beginning of the race from Ryan Blaney’s pit box.

An interaction with NASCAR driver Chase Elliott added another spark to her day. A picture of them together, shared by NASCAR, drew a warm response from Elliott, who thanked her for her visit. Olivia had swung by to offer him good luck before the race kicked off.

Fans at the racetrack were delighted when Olivia took the time to sign autographs for them.

In addition to being an LSU gymnast, Olivia is also a 2023 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model. She is honored to earn more from endorsements than any other female collegiate athlete. In a Sports Illustrated post, she expressed her joy at being a swimsuit model, calling it a “dream come true.”

Before the NASCAR race weekend, Olivia made a detour to Omaha, Nebraska, to cheer on her LSU team in a tense College World Series double-elimination round. Olivia’s cheer seemed to work magic as LSU triumphed over Wake Forest. She also traveled to watch LSU play Florida after the NASCAR race, where LSU claimed an astounding 18-4 victory and their seventh national championship. Olivia has also been an avid supporter of the LSU basketball team, cheering them on during their quest for a national title earlier this year.