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By December 5, 2020May 20th, 2022Athlete of the Week
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Tampa, Fl. – December 5, 2020 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Chance Tirheimer from Tampa Preparatory School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending December 5, 2020.

Tirheimer was nominated by Coach Jason Bowes, for his performance in the state championship as he went on to achieve greatness.

“Chance was amazing,” said Bowes. “He had an incredible state championship this past weekend in Stuart, Florida winning two state titles in the 50FR and 100FR as well as receiving All-American status! Incredible performance by Chance!”

With two state titles under his belt, the All-American now has his eyes set on the Olympic Trials cuts.

“The Olympic trials happen only every four years,” Tirheimer said. “I am lucky that they got pushed back a year because now I have the opportunity to go.”

As to how he will get there, the senior swimmer has no doubt in his mind that his hard work will pay off.

“I am not going to miss a single practice,” he said. “I have also started doing more training outside of swim practice.”

While this year has brought with it a laundry list of setbacks, Tirheimer has been keeping his head down and remains focused on the end game.

“Just go into practice every day,” he said. “Go into practice and put every bit of energy into your training.”

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign is designed to focus on student-athletes, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication both on and off the field. The Athlete of the Week award can be earned by displaying one of the following characteristics:

Team Player: Athletes who are nominated for excellence in team play are chosen by a coach who feels the athlete does his or her best to put direction into action, makes a significant contribution to the team and continuously works to improve his or her skills, attitude and training.

Leadership: Athletes who earn the award in recognition of excellent leadership must exemplify strong relationship-building skills, show excellent initiative and serve as role models for his or her peers.

To view previous award winners, please follow this link.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Founded in 1989, Florida Orthopaedic Institute is Florida’s largest orthopedic group and provides expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, and spine services among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopedic urgent care centers in South Tampa and Brandon, and 10 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, Riverview, South Tampa, Sun City Center and Wesley Chapel. For more information, please visit: and ‘like’ us on Facebook: