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Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir
U.S. pair skaters Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir competed together between April 2006 and May 2014. They are the 2013 Four Continents bronze medalists, the 2009 World Junior bronze medalists, and two-time U.S. national champions (2013 & 2014).
Update: On May 28, 2014, the Associated Press reported that Shnapir had teamed up with DeeDee Leng.
Update: On June 10, 2014, Castelli announced that she and Canada's Mervin Tran had formed a partnership.
Here's a short video about fund raising activities to send Marissa's family to Sochi.
Go C&S! The team medal is in your hands! No time to sit back and bask in the glow of Nationals!
Their ISU biography
Last edited by dorispulaski; 04-09-2014 at 06:14 PM.
Wicked Yankee Girl
Two time U.S. champions!!!
Their SP was one of the highlights of our trip to Boston Nationals! It was the highest scoring SP ever at U.S. Nationals. I hope they can skate it as well at Olympics!
Here's a link. Check out how much the crowd is into this performance:
Last edited by dorispulaski; 02-02-2014 at 07:32 PM.
LOVE her--I think she's quite the gusty charismatic firecracker. He's still a cyborg though. And in a sense the US team medal really is in their hands.
I think he's come really far if you look back at them in 2012 (watch their show program to Royals) and Julie Marcotte has somehow found choreography that works for both of them and works for the height difference. She is a rockstar and I believe she will land that quad in Sochi just on grit alone.
Originally Posted by WeakAnkles
I don't know if the team medal is in their hands- they're certainly an important piece of it but pairs were always expected to be the weak point for the US. If they end up lower middle of the pack, they've done what was expected. If they do better than expected, they're the team heroes. I'm just as concerned about Jeremy and Gracie's performances.
I couldn't be happier for this team, having followed them earlier in their careers while I was living in Boston. Everyone seemed to write them off to defend their national title with D&C and some wrote them off for the team altogether. And then they blew everyone out of the water and basically locked up Sochi in the short program. There is no US pair I would rather see fall into a medal as a result of the team competition than these two. They are a great lesson for other pairs that hard work and perseverance pays off.