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Evy Leibfarth is part of the Paris team and hopes to become the busiest American female kayaker in Olympic history

Evy Leibfarth qualified for the Paris Games in her first event at the US Olympic Canoe Trials.

She hopes to make two more and become the first American woman in her sport to compete in three events at one Games.

Leibfarth, a 20-year-old from North Carolina, will be heading to her second Olympics after earning a spot in the canoe slalom event on Sunday at trials at Montgomery Whitewater Park in Alabama, organizers said.

She hopes to earn spots in the other two Olympic slalom events: kayak slalom and the new Olympic event kayak cross. The second and final stage of the Olympic Trials can be followed live on Friday and Saturday in Oklahoma City Peacock every day at 10 a.m. ET.

In kayak cross, several athletes are simultaneously dropped from a platform into the water to race against each other, similar to snowboard cross during the Winter Games.

The only Americans to ever compete in three canoeing or kayaking events at one Games were men: Ernie Riedel in 1936 and Tony Ralphs in 1964, according to the OlyMADMen.

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Women did not have three sprint events until 1984. In slalom, women will host three events in Paris for the first time, after hosting two events in Tokyo for the first time.

Leibfarth finished 12th and 18th respectively in the kayak and canoe slalom in Tokyo as the only teenager in both events.

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As a teenager, Evy Leibfarth makes waves in three different events in one Olympic sport

Evy Leibfarth has honed her craft on the rivers of North Carolina and is now breaking European dominance in her Olympic sport.

She was one of the few athletes who had family on hand at an Olympics where there were no spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s because her father, Lee, is also her coach. Lee was a national team player and said he missed making the 1996 Olympic team by about two seconds.

A month after the Tokyo Games, Leibfarth won her first medal at the senior world championships: bronze in kayak cross.

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Last August she won the junior world title in the kayak slalom and took bronze in the canoe slalom. She then achieved a best finish at September’s senior world: seventh out of her three events.

The last American Olympic medal in a slalom event came in 2004 (Rebecca Giddens’ kayak silver).

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