Gratitude Rises from Disappointment
As she prepares for the most important race of her lifetime to this point, Leibfarth has an upbeat angle and a way that irrespective of how issues play out, she’s thrilled to have landed right here. The older she will get, the stronger she will get.
She turned the profound disappointment of final 12 months’s postponed Olympics into a brand new problem, working to achieve perspective.
“It did give me an opportunity to step again and understand how grateful I’m for the alternatives I’ve had,” she says. “Usually I’m travelling a lot I don’t have time to course of issues earlier than I transfer on to the subsequent place. The pandemic gave me time to try this.”
On a typical day, she will get up by 6:30 a.m. and does two 90-minute water exercises in the course of the day. She additionally jogs, or does another cardio land train, and devotes a lot of time to stretching. Her flexibility, considered one of her best strengths, comes from her early coaching as a gymnast.
She skateboards, snowboards and surfs for enjoyable. And sure, it freaks her coaches out that she may wipe out on a skateboard, however she assures them that she’s cautious. She normally takes off at some point every week to go on a soothing stroll or hike and spend time together with her pals.
Leibfarth has paddler pals all over the world. She enjoys going out for espresso and buying in no matter metropolis she’s in, welcoming the prospect to ditch the exercise garments, gown up, and placed on make-up. (An Olympian secret right here: She beloved that first kayak largely due to its pink shade and sparkly paddle.)
She brings a field of markers and artwork journals all over the place. Drawing relaxes her and provides her a visible report of the place she’s been, who she’s met, and what she’s seen. She’s by no means had formal artwork classes however discovered from her mother. Evy usually attracts portraits of individuals and rivers—“however not once they’re racing as a result of that’s actually arduous to do,” she says with fun.
She’s spent her time in Tokyo studying the course and exploring the Olympic village. She says she’ll deal with the Olympics like another race and observe a routine that’s labored simply high quality to this point.
“I’m normally nervous, however I speak to my teammates to distract myself. Two hours earlier than my run, I hearken to music, (all completely different varieties) which will get my thoughts off the race,” she says. “A giant a part of it’s the psychological half. I attempt to visualize it—it’s good to see your self doing the course earlier than you truly paddle it.”
One factor that’s made these previous few months particularly enjoyable is assembly her new classmates via group chats. She’s taking a spot semester in fall and can be part of them in January for the spring time period. She plans to main in biology and minor in knowledge science, with an eye fixed on sports activities medication.
“Everybody’s bought their housing assignments, and I’m so excited for when that occurs for spring semester,” she says. “I’m so excited to search out out who my roommate will likely be.
“Simply speaking to the category of ’25, everyone’s so fascinating, they’ve these neat passions and I’m so excited to be part of that group as a result of I do know it is going to assist me develop as a pupil and as an individual,” she says. “It looks like everyone is as keen about studying and going to Davidson as I’m. You may inform they actually need to be there; they’re not simply going to school to go to school.”
As soon as upon a time, the four-year-old Evy started making ready her dad and mom for this second. She has grown into what her mother describes as “glass half-full” optimist who sees the very best in folks and conditions and views the world with marvel.
“She’s enthusiastic, adaptable and eager to strive new issues,” Folger says. “In sport, Evy is a beast. She’s robust, tenacious, and tremendous aggressive.”
And extra decided than ever.
“Evy’s superpower is certainly her willpower,” Lee Leibfarth says. “As soon as she units her thoughts on a aim, she is unstoppable. Whether or not it’s qualifying for the Olympics, changing into junior world champion, or moving into Davidson, she is pushed.”