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    Marissa Castelli & Mervin Tran

    Pair skaters Marissa Castelli & Mervin Tran represent the U.S. Castelli was born on August 20, 1990, Providence, Rhode Island, while Tran was born on September 22, 1990, in Regina, Saskatchewan.

    Mervin Tran pronounces his name: ( with Purich)
    https://youtu.be/wgP-8W8YQxE
    And again with Narumi Takahashi
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNzuk79EAfc

    Marissa and Mervin teamed up in summer 2014. They couldn't compete internationally in 2014-2015 because Mervin needed to sit out a year before switching countries, but they delivered an awesome SP at US Nationals in 2015, placing a surprising third after the short. I loved their short this season - which they're keeping for next year - and I can't wait to see what they do with a full year together under their belt!

    2015 US Nationals Short Program: http://web.icenetwork.com/video/v371...hort%2Bprogram
    (I couldn't find it on YouTube, but I don't think you need an IN account to view it)

    2015 US Nationals Free Skate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1v3g5bjfl4


    Social media
    Marissa's twitter: https://twitter.com/MarissaCastelli
    Marissa's instagram: https://instagram.com/marissacastelli/

    Mervin's twitter: https://twitter.com/skate_moivo

    Biographical Info

    Their ISU Bio:
    http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00034938.htm

    Marissa's Wikipedia
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marissa_Castelli

    Mervin's Wikipedia
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mervin_Tran

    Icenetwork bio
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/team/castelli_tran

    The team's website!
    http://figureskatersonline.com/castelli-tran/

    Articles and other media

    USFSA 2015 Season Preview with Marissa and Mervin:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU4GqrA2NCY

    July 2, 2015 - "Don't Stop Believing: Castelli & Tran's Journey To Success," Figure Skaters On-Line
    http://figureskatersonline.com/news/...ey-to-success/

    Castelli, Tran teaming up despite logistical hurdles (Ice Network): http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2014/...stical-hurdles

    Everything old is new again: Castelli, Tran set off (Ice Network): http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2014/...i-tran-set-off

    With time, Castelli and Tran forging new road (twofortheice.com): http://www.twofortheice.com/with-tim...ging-new-road/

    Don't stop believing: Castelli and Tran's 'Journey' to success (FSO): http://figureskatersonline.com/news/...ey-to-success/

    Ice Network's Creating the Program series is following Marissa and Mervin through the process of creating their long program for the 2015-2016 season.

    There is video of Marissa & Mervin working on their program to Queen. You do not need a subscription to see it.
    They have some cool moves from Julie Marcotte:
    http://web.icenetwork.com/video/v168825383

    Three articles about the creation of their new programs:

    Part 1: Creating the program: Castelli, Tran choose music
    U.S. pair starts process by traveling to Montreal to meet with Marcotte
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2015/...n-choose-music

    Part 2: Creating the program: Marcotte applies her touch
    Castelli, Tran buckle down with choreographer to bring routine to life
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2015/...lies-her-touch

    Part 3: Creating the program: Putting in the Elements
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2015/06/16/130954226

    Part 4: Creating the program: Skating full run-throughs
    Castelli, Tran battle physically demanding free ahead of Skate Detroit
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2015/07/20/137532910

    Some more goodies from Ice Network that should be accessible without membership:

    Interview at 2015 US Nationals
    http://web.icenetwork.com/video/?con...query=castelli

    2015 Nationals Marissa & Mervin The Social Scene
    http://web.icenetwork.com/video/?con...query=castelli

    2015 Senior Pairs SP Press Conference
    http://web.icenetwork.com/video/?con...&query=scimeca

    July 2015 TSL Interview
    https://youtu.be/Gl7mcJhSlys


    Personal Best Total Score 175.08 ISU Four Continents Championships 2016
    Personal Best Score Short Program 62.66 ISU CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 2015
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 113.74 ISU Four Continents Championships 2016

    Programs

    2015-16

    SP Summertime by George Gershwin; choreo. by Julie Marcotte
    FS Don't Stop Believin'; Open Arms; Any Way You Want It; by Journey; choreo. by Julie Marcotte


    2016 4CCs SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQS9ySF6nJk
    2016 4CCs FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaLnKLjjWew

    Their SP at Skate Canada 2015
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7dN8jZpe2w
    Their FS at Skate Canada 2015
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwHQjCRleXg

    2015 Skate Canada Autumn Classic SP
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x39...-program_sport
    2015 Skate Canada Autumn Classic FS
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x39...-program_sport

    2015 US International Classic SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gYCoJSLeT
    2015 US International Classic FS (most of it)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jtad15HIIVw

    Marissa and Mervin's SP from 2015 Skate Detroit
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fptvTisLESk
    Their FS from 2015 Skate Detroit
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyfuHg-VUUQ


    2014–15

    SP Summertime by George Gershwin; choreo. by Julie Marcotte
    FS Adiós Nonino by Astor Piazzolla; choreo. by Julie Marcotte


    2014-15 US Nationals FS
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1v3g5bjfl4

    2014-15 Easterns FS
    http://web.icenetwork.com/video/?con...query=castelli
    2014-15 Easterns SP
    http://web.icenetwork.com/video/?con...query=castelli

    2014 Boston Open 2014 FS
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwZz0JO9gN8

    Aug 2014,Quebec Summer Championships SP
    http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/51148410

    Exhibitions

    2015 Skate Canada Gala - "Try" by Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf49iH09nQA

    2015 Skate Mania
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYzef8S_NkU

    2014 Evening With Champions
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyVtD1JoE3M

    Former Partners

    Marissa and Simon Shnapir 2014 US Championships SP
    They won the event due to this great SP.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX-Rk89mddk

    Mervin with Natasha Purich. This pairing did not work that well. Here is their fifth place FS at 2014 4 Continents.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02bnEnsev9E

    Mervin with Narumi Takahashi, winning the bronze medal at Worlds 2012

    2012 Worlds SP British Eurosport coverage
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5P90eoKGEQ
    2012 Worlds FS British Eurosport coverage
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXOEpHyzzQk

    Baby Pictures

    Mervin & Narumi 2009 McGill EX Shout
    http://www.youtube.com/?reload=7&rdm...r4&mode=NORMAL

    Mervin & Narumi 2008 World Junior Championships SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMmEWkycm18

    Mervin & Narumi. 2008 JGPF SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-BEgI1j_2s
    Mervin & Narumi 2008 JGPF FS
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2LFpHlVp8Y

    Marissa & Simon 2008 JGPF SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O3Logp8834
    Marissa & Simon 2008 JGPF FS
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OD16dWGuos

    Golden Skate Threads and Articles

    Threads

    April 2015-"Creating the program: series re Castelli/Tran creative process 2015"
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...e-process-2015

    April 2015-"Interview with Castellli & Tran"
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...telli-and-Tran

    June 2014-"Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran Pair Up"
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...n-Tran-pair-up

    May 2014-"Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir end partnership"
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...nd-partnership

    Marissa's Fan Fest with Simon Shnapir
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...-Simon-Shnapir

    Mervin's Fan Fest
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...79-Mervin-Tran
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 02-21-2016 at 05:49 PM.

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    Some more goodies from Ice Network that should be accessible without membership:

    Interview at 2015 US Nationals
    http://web.icenetwork.com/video/?con...query=castelli

    2015 Nationals Marissa & Mervin The Social Scene
    http://web.icenetwork.com/video/?con...query=castelli

    2015 Senior Pairs SP Press Conference
    http://web.icenetwork.com/video/?con...&query=scimeca

    2014-15 Easterns FS
    http://web.icenetwork.com/video/?con...query=castelli

    2014-15 Easterns SP
    http://web.icenetwork.com/video/?con...query=castelli

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    Skate Canada was supposed to release Mervin in June. Did it happen?

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    If he does get released (fingers crossed!) will they possibly get GP spots? Under new couple rules or something? The selection process is so convoluted, but I would absolutely love to see them in the GP series.

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    This article cites June 6 as the date they're waiting for. Seems like we still don't know for sure. I'll be surprised if he doesn't get released, but we'll see.

    Marissa and Mervin would count as a "returning split couple" (I think) based on Marissa's ranking with Shnapir (I think). See page 3 of last year's Grand Prix announcement. I don't think they're guaranteed spots but they are eligible. I think they'll probably get a Skate America host pick.

    Mrs. P sums up the pairs who are guaranteed GP spots here.

    PS - I don't think I ever said this, but thank you doris for updating the first post with all those links!

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    Video of Castelli/Tran Summertime SP at the Quebec Summer Championships, Aug 2014:

    Thx to Doris for all her work on the OP .

    ETA, random fluff:
    Marissa tweeted a ten-second video of Mervin playing the ukulele :
    https://twitter.com/MarissaCastelli/...53257369415683
    Last edited by golden411icecoverage; 06-04-2015 at 09:43 PM.

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    thanks golden411, I just added it to the OP.

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    I thought it was worth posting here that, according to someone on FSU, Mervin has been released! Skate Canada decided to release him last year and June 6 was the official release date. So now all we have to do is wait and see what GP assignments they get. (I won't say *if* they get GP assignments, because I really think they will and I want to be positive.)

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    There is video of Marissa & Mervin working on their program to Journey.
    They have some cool moves from Julie Marcotte:

    http://web.icenetwork.com/video/v168825383

    Three articles about the creation of their new programs:

    Part 1: Creating the program: Castelli, Tran choose music
    U.S. pair starts process by traveling to Montreal to meet with Marcotte
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2015/...n-choose-music

    Part 2: Creating the program: Marcotte applies her touch
    Castelli, Tran buckle down with choreographer to bring routine to life
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2015/...lies-her-touch

    Part 3: Creating the program: Putting in the Elements
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2015/06/16/130954226
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 06-18-2015 at 01:46 AM.

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    Thanks AGAIN, Doris!

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    Hi Doris. They're actually skating to Journey, not to Queen. I watched the snippets from practice on IN, and wow, their synchronicity and smoothness has really improved from just last year. Gelling. LOVE the dance lift into the death spiral. I'm a big Julie Marcotte fan myself and am really looking forward to seeing the 'ready for primetime' program.

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    I have fixed it. Thank you for noticing Weak Ankles.

    I was surprised to see that not only could I watch the video, I could watch on my phone. A step up for Icenetwork there.

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    Oh. And from the article, they will start their season at Skate Detroit.


    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...roit-Jul-21-25

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    The Skating Lesson apparently interviewed Marissa and Mervin a few days ago and posted a still on instagram. TSL isn't everybody's favorite but generally they seem to do very good, insightful interviews. Looking forward to hearing what they have to say!
    Last edited by Hyena; 07-01-2015 at 12:41 PM.

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