Marissa Castelli & Mervin Tran

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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/v37165319/?query=castelli+tran+short+program
(I couldn't find it on YouTube, but I don't think you need an IN account to view it)

They are the 2016 US bronze medalists.

Gofundme Info to raise training expenses for the team:
https://www.gofundme.com/castelli-tran-com


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/


June 2016 Update​





Personal Best Total Score175.08ISU Four Continents Championships 2016
Personal Best Score Short Program62.66ISU CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 2015
Personal Best Score Free Skating113.74ISU Four Continents Championships 2016


Programs


2016-17

SP Fallin' by Alicia Keyes; choreo. by Julie Marcotte
FS Don't Stop Believin'; Open Arms; Any Way You Want It; by Journey; choreo. by Julie Marcotte


2016 Autumn Classic International SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG6dvU-CUOk

2016 Mid Atlantics FS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx-HjDolsUA

2016 Souvenier Georges Ethier SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqslF4p2Jjk


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

2016 US Nationals SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoYGyZ4jdNg
Interview after the SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlVdusdBPFQ
2016 US Nationals FS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUbBz0nKk0M

2015 Golden Spin of Zagreb SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSO7hPhxjQM

2015 Trophée Bompard SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqCVbgBVHGM
The Free Skate was cancelled

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/x39oumf_castelli-tran-usa-short-program_sport
2015 Skate Canada Autumn Classic FS
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x39ssnk_castelli-tran-usa-free-program_sport

2015 US International Classic SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gYCoJSLeT
2015 US International Classic FS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0IzBLYu2FE
Free Skate Reaction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy3FOGn6nAg

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 SP (requires icenetwork)
http://web.icenetwork.com/video/?content_id=36980797&query=castelli
2014-15 Easterns FS (requires icenetwork)
http://web.icenetwork.com/video/?content_id=36983723&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




COMPETITIVE HISTORY​


Season 2015-16​


2016 - Four Continents Championships - 6th
2016 - U.S. Championships - 3rd
2015 - Golden Spin of Zagreb - 5th
2015 - Trophée Eric Bompard - 6th
2015 - Skate Canada - 4th
2015 - Autumn Classic International - 2nd
2015 - U.S. International Classic - 2nd

Season 2014-15​


2015 - U.S. Championships - 6th
2015 - Eastern Sectionals - 1st


Exhibitions and Galas

2016 US Nationals Gala - "Try" by Pink
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVAqIyTNpCU

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

2015 Show in Bonavista, Newfoundland
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGbU2rUU6p0

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&rd...9EF&params=OAFIAVgE&v=ruC-iud-5r4&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/sh...series-re-Castelli-Tran-creative-process-2015

April 2015-"Interview with Castellli & Tran"
http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?54963-Interview-with-Castelli-and-Tran

June 2014-"Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran Pair Up"
http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?50954-Marissa-Castelli-and-Mervin-Tran-pair-up

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

Marissa's Fan Fest with Simon Shnapir
http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?47173-Marissa-Castelli-amp-Simon-Shnapir

Mervin's Fan Fest
http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?41879-Mervin-Tran


Articles and other media

Sept. 2016 - TSL's Interview with Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYgH_H_7dOE

A Divine Sport's interview with Marissa and Mervin:
https://adivinesport.com/2016/06/08/interview-with-castellitran/

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...ieving-castelli-and-trans-journey-to-success/

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

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

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

Don't stop believing: Castelli and Tran's 'Journey' to success (FSO): http://figureskatersonline.com/news...ieving-castelli-and-trans-journey-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/2015/04/21/119574494/creating-the-program-castelli-tran-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/2015/05/07/122988712/creating-the-program-marcotte-applies-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/?content_id=37163833&query=castelli

2015 Nationals Marissa & Mervin The Social Scene
http://web.icenetwork.com/video/?content_id=37163427&query=castelli

2015 Senior Pairs SP Press Conference
http://web.icenetwork.com/video/?content_id=37162261&query=scimeca

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

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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/?content_id=37163833&query=castelli

2015 Nationals Marissa & Mervin The Social Scene
http://web.icenetwork.com/video/?content_id=37163427&query=castelli

2015 Senior Pairs SP Press Conference
http://web.icenetwork.com/video/?content_id=37162261&query=scimeca

2014-15 Easterns FS
http://web.icenetwork.com/video/?content_id=36983723&query=castelli

2014-15 Easterns SP
http://web.icenetwork.com/video/?content_id=36980797&query=castelli
 

dorispulaski

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

charmblade

Final Flight
Joined
Jan 11, 2014
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.
 

Hyena

Medalist
Joined
Jan 9, 2014
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! :cheer:
 

Hyena

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I thought it was worth posting here that, according to someone on FSU, Mervin has been released! :cheer: 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.)
 

dorispulaski

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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/2015/04/21/119574494/creating-the-program-castelli-tran-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/2015/05/07/122988712/creating-the-program-marcotte-applies-her-touch

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

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Aug 1, 2011
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.
 

dorispulaski

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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.
 

Hyena

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Jan 9, 2014
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!
 
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Hyena

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Man, these two are really getting around with all these interviews! They did one with Figure Skaters Online too. http://figureskatersonline.com/news...ieving-castelli-and-trans-journey-to-success/

I found this part interesting:
“Right now we’ve just been working on triple twists, and the throws. We have throw triple Sal and throw triple flip and we’ve been working on a quad Sal,” Castelli added, “We’re definitely hoping to get the quad Sal in by Nationals. We’re not sure what the best strategy is to do it, maybe one of the Grand Prixs we might put it in and see how it goes. I don’t know yet, we’ll see.”

They're definitely ambitious! :eek: :cheer:
 
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jwren

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Jan 10, 2014
With all these interviews, I'm getting the impression that Marissa and Mervin are keen on not being lost in the GP shuffle
 

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ice coverage

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Today TSL posted its interview w/ Mervin and Marissa. The video is over an hour long.

ETA, forgot to say thanks to Doris for adding their website to the OP :).​
 
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