Olivia Dunne Discusses Competitive Gymnastics Early Pressures: «Perfection Isn't Real» 

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Olivia Dunne, an NCAA athlete, began gymnastics training at the age of three.  

The 2024 SI Swimsuit rookie had grown up playing gymnastics, so when she joined an elite team, the pressure and atmosphere become even more intense because everyone's aim was to qualify for the Olympics.

When she was added to the U.S. national team roster in 2017, it was undoubtedly an honor, but it also came with a lot of challenges and the loss of her typical adolescent years.  

A few years later, she decided to give up on the world of professional competition and accepted a full scholarship at LSU, where she could continue to pursue her love of the sport and live the college experience.  

The 21-year-old is currently the nation's highest-paid female collegiate athlete. 

Although she may not be participating in international competitions, she is undoubtedly leaving her mark on the world and paving the way for kids who wish to profit from their name, likeness, or image.  

"Being a gymnast growing up, you are judged all the time," she stated in a poignant new video with  .

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