A well-known gymnast from Louisiana State University has an unusual request for male fans. Olivia Dunne has a request for the young men who attend her meets: “be respectful”Following a recent incident which occurred after a match between LSU & Utah.
Samantha Peszek won a Silver medal at the 2008 Olympics as part of the U.S. Gymnastics team. She posted a video to social media showing the crowd of men waiting for Dunne.
“This is actually so scary and disturbing and cringey. I’m embarrassed for them,” read the caption of the video Peszek posted on Twitter.
Video shows more than 100 young men screaming as they line the exit to the gym from the parking lot. Barricades were needed to ensure the safety of young women.
Peszek can be heard shouting as he walks among the men. “Give us Livvy,”Others yell “We want Livvy.” Some simply chant “Livvy.”
Most of the young men can be seen laughing with one another after their chants.
It is a different story for the young women, and Dunne quickly tried to rectify the situation.
“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,” wrote Dunne on social media.
Dunne is one of the most lucrative gymnasts in the country, collecting a reported $2 million a year from various endorsement deals after a long-overdue NCAA rule change allowed for college athletes to start profiting off their own image.