Evy Leibfarth - ACA



Evy Leibfarth

Hometown Bryson City, NC
Events WC1 , WK1 , WX1
Years On Team 5 (since 2019)
Club Nantahala Racing Club
Born 01/26/2004
Schools/Work 12th Academy , Davidson College
Hobbies Drawing , Hiking , Snowboarding and Cooking

“To uncover your true potential, you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” – Picabo Street

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Evy Leibfarth

  1. Evy made her World Cup debut at 15-years-old in 2019 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
  2. Evy’s first World Cup podium was a third place in the WC1 event in Tacen, Slovenia at age 15 in 2019
  3. Before Evy goes to the starting gate, you may find her drawing in the team tent.
  4. Evy first tried kayaking when she was four years old and has loved it ever since. She is coached by her father, Lee Leibfarth.
  1. When she isn't on the river, Evy enjoys drawing, hiking, snowboarding, and cooking.
  2. 2019 was a breakout season for Evy. She competed at the World Championships in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain, and finished 4th in WC1 and 21st in WK1, qualifying an Olympic quota for the U.S.
  3. Evy plans to major in Biology at Davidson College while continuing to train full-time.
  4. Her favorite race so far has been the Pan-American Games, where she won gold in the WK1 event and silver in Extreme Slalom.

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    Olympic Games

    2020 Tokyo Games (in 2021)
    12th WK1
    18th WC1
  • World Championships

    2023 World Championships
    Lee Valley, Great Britain
    7th WC1
    10th WK1

    2023 U23 World Championships:
    1st U23 WK1
    3rd U23 WC1

    Augsburg, Germany
    9th WK1

    2021 World Championships, Bratislava, Slovakia
    3rd WCSLX
    11th WK1
    17th WC1

    2021 Junior World Championships, Tacen, Slovenia
    1st WK1
    3rd WC1

    2019 World Championships, La Seu, Spain
    4th WC1
    21th WK1
  • World Cups

    10th WC1, Vaires-Sur-Marne, France

    15th WC1, Prague, Czech Republic
    11th WK1, Markkleeberg, Germany

    3rd WK1, Tacen, Slovenia
    3rd WC1, Tacen, Slovenia
    10th WK1, Pau, France

    3rd WC1, Tacen, Slovenia
    9th WK1, Tacen, Slovenia
    10th WK1, Bratislava, Slovakia
    7th WC1, Bratislava, Slovakia
    10th WC1, Prague, Czech Republic
  • U.S. Team Trials

    2021 Charlotte, NC
    1st WK1
    1st WC1

    2019 Oklahoma City, OK
    1st WK1
    1st WC1
  • Other

    2019 USA National Championships, Boise, ID
    1st WC1
    1st WK1

More On Evy

First Strokes

Evy got in her first kayak when she was four and hasn’t looked back since. Her father, a former National Team coach, began coaching Evy as she started racing. She joined the Nantahala Racing Club and paddled at the Nantahala River every day after school. A few years later, Evy decided to enroll in online school to allow her to start training formally. At age twelve, she travelled to Europe for the first time to race in the ECA Junior Cups and decided she wanted to race as part of the National Team one day.

U.S. National Team

In 2019, Evy was finally old enough to make the U.S. National Team. She had an incredible first season and brought home two World Cup medals, two Junior World Championships medals, and two Pan-American medals. Evy also earned an Olympic quota for her fourth-place finish at the World Championships in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain. Her second year on the team, Evy won two more World Cup medals.

U.S. Olympic Team

Since she was little, Evy has dreamed of representing the U.S. in the Olympic Games. After her results at the 2019 World Championships and the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team trials, she is thrilled to be racing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the WC1 and WK1 classes.

Off the Water

Evy enjoys almost anything outside and is always keen to try new sports like snowboarding and surfing. When travelling, she can be found exploring cities and finding new restaurants and cafes. At home, Evy loves spending her time painting and cooking delicious food.