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Portrait of Nneka Ogwumike
Nneka Ogwumike in downtown Los Angeles.
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)
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‘The time for being grateful has passed’: Nneka Ogwumike, Simone Biles, Mikaela Shiffrin and a new generation of athletes are no longer satisfied with the status quo.

Nneka Ogwumike always thought she would be a doctor. Instead, she became a professional basketball player — and president of the WNBA’s union.

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Ashleigh Johnson at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos.
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

One of the few non-Californians on the U.S. women’s water polo team, she was a goalkeeper on the squad that won the 2015 world championship and the gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

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Lizzie Armanto portrait
Lizzie Armanto is at Garvanza Skate Park in Los Angeles.
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

As Lizzie Armanto continues to climb the ranks of skateboarding, she hopes to raise awareness about the realities of inequality for women in sports.

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Credits

Photography: Christina House

Photo editing: Sammy Jo Hester, Mary Cooney
Writers: Helene Elliott, Mary McNamara, David Wharton, Nathan Fenno, Kevin Baxter, Tania Ganguli, Jack Harris, Victoria Hernandez, Stephen Battaglio, James F. Peltz
Story editors: Alice Short, Mike Hiserman, Kelli Sullivan
Copy editors: Tim Trepany, Evita Timmons, Andre Vergara, Fernando Dominguez, P.K. Daniel, Steve Horn, Nick Leyva, Matt Tustison, Curtis Zupke, Jim Buzinski
Video production: Nani Sahra Walker, Claire Collins
Video thumbnails: Allison Hong
Interactive timeline: Rahul Mukherjee
Production: Courtney Lewis, Christian Orozco, Lora Victorio
Audience Engagement: Fidel Martinez, Adriana Lacy, Christina Schoellkopf, Louisa Frahm
Research: Michael Darling


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