Portrait of Nneka Ogwumike
Nneka Ogwumike in downtown Los Angeles.
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

‘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.


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Ashleigh Johnson portrait
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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In 2019, Scout Bassett appeared in ESPN’s the Body Issue magazine to showcase a standard of beauty outside of the norm and to call attention to sports inequality in paralympic track and field.
Lilly King has been called brash, feisty and outspoken. But the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the 100-meter breaststroke sees it differently.

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


The full series


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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