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Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir
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Born: August 20, 1990 - Providence, Rhode IslandBorn: August 20, 1987 - Moscow, Russia
Height: 5'0Height: 6'4
School: Cranston High School WestSchool: Emerson College
Home Club: Smithfield FSCHome Club: Colonial FSC
Hometown: Cranston, Rhode IslandHometown: Sudbury, Massachusetts
Training Town: Boxboro, Massachusetts 
Coaches: Bobby Martin, Carrie Wall, Sheryl Franks 
Choreographer: Sheryl Franks 
U.S. Team

Event News
U.S. Skaters Capture Seven Medals over Weekend

Competitive History
2008   U.S. Championships, Novice - 3rd
2008   Eastern Sectional, Novice - 1st
2007   Junior Grand Prix (Estonia) - 10th
2007   State Farm U.S. Championships, Novice - 9th
2007   Eastern Sectional, Novice - 4th

2007-08 Season Notes
Will compete as novices nationally and juniors internationally ... SP music: "Kill Bill" soudntrack; FS music: "Gladiator" soundtrack ... Costume designer is Frieda B.

Goals are to land a throw triple Salchow and a throw triple loop, and to medal at the U.S. Championships.

Notes
Castelli started skating at age 3 because her mother was a figure skating teacher ... Participated in the Basic Skills Program ... Entering her senior year at Cranston High School West ... Has a passion for playing lacrosse ... Considers herself spontaneous ... Would like to be a contestant on "Survivor" ... Among the artists on her iPod are the Killers, Maroon 5 and Rooney.

Favorite TV show: Scrubs
Favorite movie: Garden State
Favorite celebrity: Adam Brody
Favorite book: Harry Potter
Favorite web site: Facebook
Favorite food: Fruit pizza
Favorite drink: Green tea

Shnapir started to skate at age 6 because he "wanted to try something new" ... Attends Emerson College in Boston, where he is studying film, video and television ... Graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in 2005 ... Mother is a chemist and father is an optical engineer ... Hobbies include books, travel and spending time with friends ... Has a passion for making movies ... Was born in Russia and speaks Russian ... Would like to be a contestant on "The Real World" ... Would like to pursue filmmaking after he is through skating ... Would like to meet Michael Jordan and Bill Clinton ... Listens to Widespread Panic ... He and Castelli have the same birthday.

Favorite TV show: 24, Burn Notice, Family Guy, Simpsons
Favorite movie: Pulp Fiction, 25th Hour, Spaceballs, Airplane
Favorite celebrity: John Travolta
Favorite book: Darwin's Blade
Favorite food: Everything
Favorite drink: Mango passion smoothie




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