It’s a given that many or most parents dream about their children becoming successful in personal endeavors as well as humanitarian efforts. Phil’s father owned a gym and was his coach, so it’s easy to see what Mr. Cahoy, Sr. had in mind. Phil’s parents’ dreams were fulfilled as Phil found personal success as a gymnastic champion and humanitarian success as a skilled surgeon. It is amazing that an individual is possible of taking on the demands of a champion performer in the gym while burning the midnight oil preparing for and completing Medical School. Phil’s careers as an athlete and a doctor bring to light the possibilities that exist in the American concept of freedom and liberty. Phil raises the bar for persons of quality to be named “All American”.
OlympicGames: Named team member, Moscow, USSR, (1980). WorldChampionships: Team member, (1978, ’81, ’83 (A), & ’85). AAUJr.NationalChampionships: Gold-AA, (1976); NebraskaStateChampionships: Gold-PB, (1976); Gold-Team, PB, & HB, (1977); Gold-Team, AA, FX, PH, V, PB, HB; Silver-AA, (1978); NationalHighSchoolGymnasticChampionships: Silver-AA, (1978); Gold-AA, (1979). NationalSportsFestival: Silver-HB, (1979). USOlympicFestival: Bronze-HB, (1979); U.S.GymnasticFederation(USGF)NationalChampionships: Silver-PB, (1977); Gold-AA (1978); USAChampionships: Silver-HB, 1978 & ‘79); Bronze-PH, (1979); NCAAChampionships: Gold-University of Nebraska Team, 1980, ’81, ’82, & ’83; Gold-HB, Bronze-PB, (1980); Gold-PB & HB, (1981); GoodwillGames: Team member, Gold-PB, Bronze-PH, (1986). Phil competed in numerous invitational meets and USA dual meets contributing greatly to the USA team score against teams representing Norway, Sweden, Italy, et al. General: Phil was designated as an “All American” ten times by the NCAA. Education: B.S. Biological Sciences; M.D., University of Nebraska, (1990). Phil completed his internship and residency in the Division of Orthopedics, University of Wisconsin department of Surgery. He then “ . . . completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Department of Orthopedics, University of Missouri-Kansas City and with the NFL’s Kansas city Chiefs, the latter where he has served as their Orthopedic consultant.” Honors: Honoree of Nebraska Sports Hall Of Fame. Family: m. Diane
Sources: Jerry Wright author of Gymnastics Who’s Who, 2005, interview with Dr. Cahoy, and public domain information & records & . Editing courtesy of A. Bruce Frederick who provided the Line Drawing and Abie Grossfeld. Introduction, commentary, & formatting by Larry Banner, Web Manager.