Castelli and Shnapir atop the medal podium at the 2013 U.S. Championships
|Country represented||United States|
August 20, 1990 |
Providence, Rhode Island
|Home town||Cranston, Rhode Island|
|Height||5 ft 0 in (1.52 m)|
|Former partner||Simon Shnapir, Brad Vigorito|
|Coach||Bruno Marcotte, Bobby Martin|
|Former coach||Carrie Wall, Mark Mitchell|
|Former choreographer||Sheryl Franks, Carrie Wall, Robert Martin|
|Skating club||SC of Boston|
|ISU personal best scores|
2014 Winter Olympics
2014 Winter Olympics
2014 Winter Olympics
Marissa Castelli (born August 20, 1990) is an American pair skater who skates with Mervin Tran. With former partner Simon Shnapir, she is the 2013 Four Continents bronze medalist, the 2009 World Junior bronze medalist, and a two-time U.S. national champion (2013 & 2014). The pair won a bronze medal in the team event at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Castelli was born in Providence, Rhode Island and graduated from Cranston High School West. As of 2013, she is a student at the Community College of Rhode Island. Her brother, Anthony Castelli, played football at Bryant University and her mother is a figure skating coach.
Castelli began skating at age three and enrolled in U.S. Figure Skating's Basic Skills program when she was about five. Early in her career, she competed as a single skater and also skated pairs with Brad Vigorito.
Partnership with Shnapir
Castelli and Simon Shnapir teamed up in April 2006 and began training together in earnest in June. They trained in Boston, coached by Bobby Martin, Carrie Wall (technical), Mark Mitchell (in-betweens, polishing), and Peter Johansson (throws). Castelli broke Shnapir's nose once while they were practicing the twist.
In the 2009–10 season, Castelli was off the ice for a month after she collided with an Italian while she was skating backwards and landed on his blade, resulting in 15 stitches to her inner thigh. The pair placed tenth on the senior level at the 2010 U.S. Championships and were sent to the 2010 Four Continents Championships where they also finished tenth.
In 2012, Castelli/Shnapir split up for a month but decided to recommit to their partnership. They won gold at the 2012 Ice Challenge and then won bronze, their first Grand Prix medal, at the 2012 NHK Trophy. They won their first national title at the 2013 U.S. Championships. They were assigned to the 2013 Four Continents and won the bronze medal.
Castelli/Shnapir won their second national title at the 2014 U.S. Championships and were named in the U.S. team to the 2014 Winter Olympics, held in February in Sochi, Russia. They won a bronze medal in the team event and placed 9th in the pairs event. In March, Castelli/Shnapir finished 11th at the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan. They announced the end of their partnership on May 7, 2014.
Partnership with Tran
On June 10, 2014, Castelli announced that she and Canada's Mervin Tran had formed a partnership which would train mainly in Montreal under Bruno Marcotte and to a lesser extent at the Skating Club of Boston under Bobby Martin. It was also announced that he was awaiting release from Skate Canada, indicating that they might compete for the United States.
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
by Russ Landau:
Pairs career with Shnapir
|GP NHK Trophy||7th||3rd||4th|
|GP Skate America||6th||5th||6th|
|GP Skate Canada||4th|
|JGP Czech Rep.||4th|
|JGP Great Britain||4th|
|U.S. Champ.||9th N.||3rd N.||3rd J.||10th||5th||5th||1st||1st|
|East. Sectionals||4th N.||1st N.||1st|
|GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.
|Eastern Sectionals||9th N.||11th N.|
|New England Regionals||4th N.|
|N. = Novice level|
- Walker, Elvin (January 3, 2013). "Door wide open for Castelli and Shnapir". Golden Skate.
- "Marissa Castelli / Simon Shnapir". IceNetwork.; Older versions: 2008–13 at the Wayback Machine; 2007–08 at the Wayback Machine
- Soroff, Jonathan (January 2014 or earlier). "Marissa Castelli - Breaking the Ice". The Improper Bostonian.
- Mittan, Barry (January 8, 2009). "Castelli and Shnapir Top U.S. Pairs in Junior Grand Prix series". SkateToday. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
- Schwartz, Jason (January 2014). "Q&A: Simon Shnapir & Marissa Castelli". Boston Magazine.
- Clarke, Liz (January 26, 2013). "U.S. Figure Skating Championships: Simon Shnapir and Marissa Castelli win pairs; Maryl Davis and Charlie White dominate ice dancing". Washington Post.
- Pave, Martin (December 6, 2012). "Figure skaters Shnapir and Castelli having a breakout season". Boston Globe.
- "Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir End Partnership". U.S. Figure Skating. May 7, 2014.
- Rosewater, Amy (May 8, 2014). "Castelli, Shnapir get off 'emotional roller coaster'". IceNetwork.
- Rosewater, Amy (June 10, 2014). "Castelli, Tran teaming up despite logistical hurdles". IceNetwork.
- Rutherford, Lynn (July 26, 2014). "Detroit postcards: More pair action off ice than on". IceNetwork.
- "Marissa CASTELLI / Simon SHNAPIR: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 8, 2014.
- "Marissa CASTELLI / Simon SHNAPIR: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013.
- Rutherford, Lynn (January 15, 2013). "Road to Omaha: Door open for Castelli, Shnapir". IceNetwork.
- "Marissa CASTELLI / Simon SHNAPIR: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012.
- "Marissa CASTELLI / Simon SHNAPIR: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011.
- "Marissa CASTELLI / Simon SHNAPIR: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 20, 2009.
- "Marissa CASTELLI / Simon SHNAPIR: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 1, 2009.
- "Competition Results: Marissa CASTELLI / Simon SHNAPIR". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 8, 2014.
Media related to Marissa Castelli at Wikimedia Commons
- Marissa Castelli / Simon Shnapir at the International Skating Union
- Marissa Castelli / Simon Shnapir at IceNetwork
- Official website of Castelli/Shnapir at the Wayback Machine