BRYSON CITY, N.C. — At just 17, Bryson City native Evy Leibfarth dominated the U.S. Team Trials in Canoe and Kayak in April. Saturday, Leibfarth left for Tokyo.
Leibfarth is from a family of experienced paddlers and grew up on the Nantahala River in western North Carolina. She says she'd hoped to make the U.S. team since she was a kid, and has won several awards including third in WK1 and third in WC1 at the 2020 World Cup.
Friday, Leibfarth posted a photo on her Instagram, saying "So incredibly excited to leave for Tokyo tomorrow!!!"
Editor's Note: The attached video aired at an earlier date.
The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony will kick off the international sporting competition on Friday, July 23.