Apr 23, 2024 - Sports

Olympian Evy Leibfarth's perfect day in Charlotte

Evy Leibfarth holding a canoe paddle.

Evy Leibfarth made history at the Tokyo Olympic Games as the youngest athlete to represent the U.S. in canoe slalom in the Olympics. Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Evy Leibfarth is heading to Paris this summer to compete in her second Olympic Games. But before she gives us the scoop on where to get the best croissants in Paris, let's dive into how she'd spend the day in Charlotte.

Catch up quick: The 20-year-old Bryson City native, who frequently trains at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, qualified earlier this month at the U.S. Olympic team trials for canoe/kayak slalom in Montgomery, A.L.

First of all: She's sleeping in.

  • "I'm not a morning person," Leibfarth told Axios' Maxwell Millington at the Team USA media summit earlier this month.
  • Then it's off to Amélie’s for breakfast. She's a big fan of their egg sandwiches and pastries, followed by Midtown Park or Freedom Park for a run on Little Sugar Creek Greenway, which she describes as a "super great midday activity" and "so pretty."
  • Lunch would be a wrap from Viva Chicken.
  • Then it's off to the Whitewater Center to kayak, but she says it's also a great place to go rafting, mountain biking, free solo (the rock climbing wall where you fall into a pool when you want to get down) or just hanging out and listening to live music.
  • It's sushi for dinner at O-Ku in South End, which she says is the best sushi in Charlotte. Then it's off to bed.

What's next: The Olympic Games run July 26 - Aug. 11.

Evy Leibfarth. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Evy Leibfarth attended Davidson College, but has put college on pause to focus on the Olympics. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images
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