Castelli and Shnapir are the 2009 U.S. junior silver medalists and 2009 World Junior Bronze medalists ... Qualified for the 2008 Junior Grand Prix Final ... Started skating together in April 2006.
Castelli started skating at age 4 because her mother was (and is) a figure skating coach ... Participated in the Basic Skills Program from 1996-99 ... Older brother, Anthony, played football at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. ... Father, Tony, works in construction ... Has a Chihuahua/Dotson mix named Chico ... Previously skated with Brad Vigorito ... Attends Community College of Rhode Island in Lincoln, R.I. ... Graduated Cranston high School West in 2008 ... Teaches figure skating part time with her mother ... Skater she most admires is Joannie Rochette ... Favorite quote: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao-Tzu ... Always puts her right skate on before her left ... Hobbies include shopping, kayaking, running, yoga, sightseeing, watching TV, dancing, sleeping, reading and drawing ... Had a collision in 2009-10 with an Italian skater and received 15 stitches to her inner thigh, an injury that kept her off the ice for a month ... Defining life moment is medaling at the World Junior Championships ... Would like to get her college degree and continue teaching skating after she's done competing ... If she weren't a figure skater, she'd want to be a gymnast ... Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/marissacastelli
Shnapir started to skate at age 6 after watching Scott Hamilton on TV ... Previously skated with Tanya Aziz and Courtney Gill ... Studying marketing ... Works part-time as a skating instructor ... Biggest influences in his life are his parents ... If he weren't a skater, he'd want to be a basketball player ... Hobbies include watching movies, listening to music and playing basketball and tennis ... Defining moment in his skating career was working with Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo from China ... Speaks fluent Russian ... Would like to work in the sports marketing field after he is through skating ... Always watches Lord of the Rings on the day of a competition ... Favorite quote: "Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game." - Michael Jordan.
2012 Season NotesSP Music: Music from Phantom Of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber
FS Music: "Piano Concerto No. 2" by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Costumes designed by Paul Ginandes and Yumi Barenett-Nakamuri
2011 Season NotesSP Music: "Money" by Pink Floyd and "For the Love of Money" by the O'Jays
FS Music: Music from the Avatar soundtrack by James Horner
Costumes designed by Freida B ... Goals are to continue to improve their triple twist, have better consistency on their side-by-side jumps and attempt a throw triple Axel in competition
2010 Season NotesSP Music: "Prelude" and "Quadukka-l-Mayyas" by Jesse Cook
FS Music: "Freedom Battle" by Michael W. Smith and music from the Elizabeth: The Golden Age soundtrack by A.R. Rahman and Craig Armstrong
Costumes by Freida B
2009 Season NotesSP Music: Theme from Survivor by Russ Landau
FS Music: Selections from Gladiator soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard
Costumes designed by Frieda B
Placed fourth at both of their Junior Grand Prix assignments, qualifying them for the Junior Grand Prix Final, where they placed sixth ... Earned the junior bronze medal at the U.S. Championships ... Capped their season by capturing the bronze medal in their debut appearance at the World Junior Championships.
2008 Season NotesSP Music: "Battle without Honour and Humanity" from the Kill Bill soundtrack by Tomoyasu Hotei
FS Music: Music from the Gladiator soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard
Won the novice bronze medal at the U.S. Championships
2007 Season NotesSP Music: "Mon Enfant" by George Winston
FS Music: "Salome" by Richard Strauss