Development Zone®


PCA Resource Center

Being A Teammate In An Individual Sport

Share This Resource

Larissa Fontaine is a member of the PCA Leadership Council and former member of the US National Gymnastics team from 1989-1997. She is a World Championship silver medalist and competed at the 1996 Olympic Trials. A member of the Stanford University Athletics Hall of Fame, she won the NCAA title on the vault in 1998, and is a five-time NCAA All-America.

In this video, Fontaine explores how athletes can serve as teammates even in an individual sport. Though gymnasts compete alone and are scored individually, they are part of a team, and it’s important to feel connected and part of a group success. Fontaine, as coach at Stanford, reinforced this by recruiting only student-athletes who exhibited a team mentality. She wanted individual athletes on her team who were committed to team goals and unity.