In an exciting development for sports enthusiasts, LSU gymnast Olivia Dunne and Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. have been named in Forbes Magazine's Top 30 Under 30 list for North America. This prestigious compilation, published on November 28, celebrates 600 young visionaries who have significantly influenced public life in North America this year.
Olivia Dunne, just 21, stands out as one of the youngest achievers on this esteemed list. Since she started sharing her gymnastic routines on social media in 2020, Dunne has seen her popularity skyrocket, amassing a staggering tens of millions of followers across various platforms.
Her dynamic presence on TikTok has particularly caught the public's attention, earning her the title of the world's most-followed college athlete by Forbes.
Acuna's Remarkable Comeback
On the sports front, Ronald Acuna, the 25-year-old Atlanta Braves outfielder, has also made a remarkable comeback.
After a career-threatening injury in 2021, Acuna has bounced back spectacularly. In 2023, he achieved an outstanding .337/.416/.596 batting average with the highest OPS in the league at 1.012. His extraordinary performance, which included being the first MLB player to hit 40 home runs and 70 RBIs, clinched him the National League MVP Award.
Acuna's vibrant energy and challenging of baseball's unwritten rules have not only brought entertainment but also a significant fan following. This winter, he returns to his roots, playing with Tiburones de La Guaira in Venezuela.
Adding to her impressive profile, Olivia Dunne has links to MLB through her relationship with 6-foot-6 LSU pitcher Paul Skenes, the first overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the MLB draft. Dunne's journey, from a social media sensation to a recognized sports figure, reflects her immense talent and determination.
Both Dunne and Acuna have faced their share of challenges in 2023. Acuna's Braves were defeated in the NLDS by the Philadelphia Phillies, and Dunne disclosed the need for security due to her growing fame. Despite these hurdles, their inclusion in Forbes' Top 30 Under 30 is a testament to their exceptional talent and potential.
At the young ages of 25 and 21, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Olivia Dunne have already soared to the pinnacle of their sports. As they continue to navigate their careers, the sports world eagerly anticipates the heights these dynamic stars will reach in the future.