[WATCH] $3.5 million NIL-valued Olivia Dunne's dazzling floor routine sets the tone in LSU's victory over Georgia Bulldogs

$3.5 million NIL-valued Olivia Dunne
$3.5 million NIL-valued Olivia Dunne's dazzling floor routine sets the tone in LSU's victory over Georgia Bulldogs

Olivia Dunne has higher-scoring teammates on the No. 3 LSU gymnastics team, but every appearance for the social media star always brings electricity. Dunne, who has recovered earlier than expected from her injury, led off on floor, where LSU is ranked No. 1, on Friday night at the No. 19 Georgia Bulldogs and provided a dazzling floor routine.

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Dunne, the girlfriend of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Paul Skenes, entrusted with the leadoff spot on the floor, stepped in for the injured Konnor McClain. She had previously scored consistently high with 9.850 or 9.875 in her floor routines this season but faced stumbles on Friday. She received a score of 9.800.

Led again by Haleigh Bryant, Olivia Dunne’s LSU Tigers secured a victory against the Georgia Bulldogs

The LSU gymnastics secured its first away victory of the season against Georgia with a score of 197.625-197.075. The No. 3-ranked Tigers had a challenging start, as they struggled with landings and control in the first two of the four rotations. However, the team’s resilience shone through, led by all-around senior Haleigh Bryant.

The LSU Tigers secured a victory over Georgia, led by all-around senior Haleigh Bryant.
The LSU Tigers secured a victory over Georgia, led by all-around senior Haleigh Bryant.

Bryant continued her remarkable season by breaking records. She scored her 13th perfect 10 on beam and won her 20th career all-around title. She now holds perfect 10s in all events, which has earned her the coveted gym slam title. Bryant has secured her position as the No. 1 all-around gymnast in the country.

The second half saw LSU finding its rhythm on floor. KJ Johnson, Aleah Finnegan, Haleigh Bryant and Kiya Johnson gave standout performances. Dunne led off on floor for the first time this season and scored a 9.800.

Despite a few hiccups, LSU’s experience prevailed over Georgia’s young team, which struggled to secure high scores. LSU’s ability to make adjustments and improve on all events became evident, culminating in a victory sealed with a solid beam rotation.

The Tigers have consistently overcome challenges, making them a force to be reckoned with in the Southeastern Conference.

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Edited by Abhimanyu Gupta