|Bryson City, NC
|WC1 , WK1 , WX1
|Years On Team
|2019, 2020, 2021
|Nantahala Racing Club
|12th Academy , Davidson College
|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
- Evy made her World Cup debut at 15-years-old in 2019 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
- Evy’s first World Cup podium was a third place in the WC1 event in Tacen, Slovenia at age 15 in 2019
- Before Evy goes to the starting gate, you may find her drawing in the team tent.
- Evy first tried kayaking when she was four years old and has loved it ever since. She is coached by her father, Lee Leibfarth.
- When she isn't on the river, Evy enjoys drawing, hiking, snowboarding, and cooking.
- 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.
- Evy plans to major in Biology at Davidson College while continuing to train full-time.
- Her favorite race so far has been the Pan-American Games, where she won gold in the WK1 event and silver in Extreme Slalom.
Olympic Games2020 Tokyo Games (in 2021)
World Championships2021 World Championships, Bratislava, Slovakia
2021 Junior World Championships, Tacen, Slovenia
2019 World Championships, La Seu, Spain
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
USA Team Trials2021 Charlotte, NC
2019 Oklahoma City, OK
Other2019 USA National Championships, Boise, ID
More On Evy
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.