x
Breaking News
More () »

Evy Leibfarth heads to Tokyo ahead of Olympics

Leibfarth is from a family of experienced paddlers and grew up on the Nantahala River in western North Carolina.

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. 

RELATED: North Carolina teenager qualifies for Tokyo Olympics

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.

RELATED: Charlotte-area athletes competing in Tokyo Olympics

RELATED: When does Team USA march during Tokyo Olympics

The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony will kick off the international sporting competition on Friday, July 23.  

RELATED: How to watch the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony

RELATED: It's been nearly 25 years since Atlanta's unforgettable Olympics opening ceremony with Muhammad Ali