Lizzie Armanto’s after-school options were ‘the skate park or the library’; now she’s a Tony Hawk protégé

Lizzie Armanto Portrait
Lizzie Armanto, photographed at Garvanza Skate Park in Los Angeles, has developed a thick skin in the male-dominated sport of skateboarding: “I know what I want and what my goals are.”
(Christina House/Los Angeles Times)

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Victoria Hernandez is a writer who has worked at the Los Angeles Times since 2017. She began her journey in journalism as a sports reporter, writing for the Sun-Sentinel and and has since expanded to covering music and fashion. Hernandez hails from Denver, is a graduate of The U and her life role model is 50 Cent.
Christina House officially joined the Los Angeles Times photography staff in 2017 after nearly 10 years as a freelance photographer. A native Southern Californian, she grew up in Long Beach and graduated from Cal State Fullerton.