FIGURE SKATING 🇨🇦 A black & white photo essay by Johany Jutras.

Pictures were taken in Ottawa during the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. On assignation for TSN, photographer Johany Jutras combines her talent with sports announcer Rod Black to offer you this essay.

In the capital of our great nation. In the year of a 150th celebration. A skating congregation, with provincial affiliation, captured our imagination.


An athlete invasion, dripping with unwavering dedication. Fulfilling great expectation.
We were witnesses to jubilation - exhilaration – desperation – devastation.
Serious emotional stimulation.
From smile illumination to eyeball precipitation.

Preparation - Concentration - Meditation

Extraordinary levitation.
Acrobatic aviation.
Defying gravitation.
Sizzling synchronization.
Ridiculous rotation.
A quad sensation.
...and even an Elvis imitation.

Ottawa 2017 was a National fascination. Worthy of our appreciation, our admiration, our adoration.

Thank you for your participation but mostly your inspiration. To you, our skate nation. Congratulations!

All photos by Johany Jutras / words by Rod Black. / All rights reserved.

Johany Jutras is a Canadian photographer most known for her sports photographs of the Canadian Football League. Recognized as being an "outside the box" thinker and a very authentic visual story-teller, her photos are often described as powerful and very emotional. She recently did a self-funded, cross-country trip across Canada documenting the CFL. She turned this experience into a successful book titled "Our League, Our Country". Johany is currently the Toronto Argonauts team photographer and the official photographer of the Canadian Football League.

Rod Black’s knowledge, versatility, and enthusiasm have earned him a reputation as one of Canada’s most recognizable and distinguished sportscasters. In his 30 years as a sports journalist, Black has been involved with a variety of different events and competitions, fitting into each role with ease. As the voice of figure skating in Canada, Black also covers all the drama and excitement of the sport as commentator for CTV and TSN’s figure skating coverage. Black’s extensive sports resume includes play-by-play announcing for the CFL ON TSN, as well as hosting duties for TSN’s golf, NBA, and international hockey coverage.

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Photos by Johany Jutras Words by Rod Black

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