LSU gymnast Olivia Dunne is a trailblazer for collegiate women’s sports, despite what the New York Times and Stanford basketball coach Tara VanDerveer might tell you
LSU gymnast Olivia Dunne has been crushing headlines across the internet this week after the (failing) New York Times wrote an article blasting Dunne due to the “concerning fact” that Olivia is attractive and that “sex sells” which apparently diminishes other women who fought for equity in women’s sports.
New York Times Cover Story on Olivia Dunne
While highlighting Dunne’s earnings, The Times also noted that “the new flood of money — and the way many female athletes are attaining it — troubles some who have fought for equitable treatment in women’s sports and say that it rewards traditional feminine desirability over athletic excellence.” via New York Post
Cool. Honestly, you know what brings women in sports down and sets them back? People like the New York Times and that loser head women’s basketball coach Stanford Tara VanDerveer diminishing the fact that Dunne was able to turn her collegiate gymnastics career at LSU into a multi-million dollar marketing machine. All I see from the Times and other women in the college sports bubble is jealousy.
Dunne has amassed over 8 million followers across social media platforms which has easily made her the top dog among college athletes benefitting from the NIL program. She has made over $2 million as a college student. That’s absolutely insane and should be celebrated by everyone and be used as THE perfect case study for college athletes of the future.
But no, we have national media outlets blasting her because she’s good looking and one hell of a business woman. Unbelievable.
Here’s what long-time Stanford women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer had to say about Dunne.
‘I guess sometimes we have this swinging pendulum, where we maybe take two steps forward, and then we take a step back,’ she said. ‘We’re fighting for all the opportunities to compete, to play, to have resources, to have facilities, to have coaches, and all the things that go with Olympic-caliber athletics.’ (Daily Mail)
‘This is a step back,’ she added.
Okay so first of all, who the fuck asked the Stanford women’s basketball coach about the LSU gymnast? This old bag has no idea what she’s talking about and to even suggest that Dunne is anything less than a trailblazer for the future of women’s sports is ridiculous.
Luckily, Dunne, being the total badass that she is, had the PERFECT response to the angry old lady from Stanford.
Check this out:
‘Seven figures,’ she said. ‘That is something I’m proud of. Especially since I’m a woman in college sports.
‘There are no professional leagues for most women’s sports after college,’ she added.
Yeah. Literally the most perfect response ever. Zero lies told from Dunne as she made quick work of VanDerveer.
Just think about it. Dunne really has two options here.
Option 1: Go to LSU, Do Gymnastics, Do Something Else When You Graduate.
Option 2: Go to LSU, Market Yourself, Take Advantage of Any and All Opportunities, Make Millions of Dollars.
I think anyone with a brain takes option number two. If you don’t you’re a total idiot. It’s not like there’s a professional gymnastics league for Dunne to join after college. Again, she should be celebrated and studied as a marketing genius. Who else can make over $30,000 per Instagram post?
Didn’t think so.
Liv Dunne is a legend and if women, or literally anyone in sports was as smart as her, we would be seeing a lot more articles from the national media praising her rather than trying to knock her down.
Cheers to you, Liv Dunne. Keep being you.