Skaters

Pairs
Marissa Castelli
Born:
August 20, 1990
Birthplace:
Providence, R.I.
Height:
5' 0"
Level:
Senior
Hometown:
Cranston, R.I.
College:
Community College of Rhode Island
Club:
SC of Boston
Simon Shnapir
Born:
August 20, 1987
Birthplace:
Moscow, Russia
Height:
6' 4"
Level:
Senior
Hometown:
Sudbury, Mass.
College:
Emerson College
Club:
SC of Boston
Coach:
Bobby Martin, Carrie Wall, Sheryl Franks, Peter Johansson
Choreographer:
Deidre Williams, Sheryl Franks
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 Notes
    SP 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 Notes
    SP 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 Notes
    SP 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 Notes
    SP 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 Notes
    SP 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 Notes
    SP Music: "Mon Enfant" by George Winston
    FS Music: "Salome" by Richard Strauss
    2011 - Ondrej Nepela Memorial - 4th
    2011 - U.S. Championships - 5th
    2010 - Skate America - 6th
    2010 - Skate Canada - 4th
    2010 - Four Continents Championships - 10th
    2010 - U.S. Championships - 10th
    2010 - Eastern Sectional - 1st
    2009 - Trophee Eric Bompard - 7th
    2009 - World Junior Championships - 3rd
    2009 - U.S. Championships, Junior - 3rd
    2008 - Junior Grand Prix Final - 6th
    2008 - Junior Grand Prix (Great Britain) - 4th
    2008 - Junior Grand Prix (Czech Republic) - 4th
    2008 - U.S. Championships, Novice - 3rd
    2008 - Eastern Sectional, Novice - 1st
    2007 - Junior Grand Prix (Estonia) - 10th
    2007 - U.S. Championships, Novice - 9th
    2007 - Eastern Sectional, Novice - 4th

    IJS Personal Bests

    INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
    SP - 56.34 (2010 Skate Canada)
    FS - 106.09 (2010 Skate America)
    Final Score - 159.85 (2010 Skate Canada)

    U.S. QUALIFYING COMPETITION
    SP - 51.48 (2011 U.S. Championships)
    FS - 100.44 (2011 U.S. Championships)
    Final Score - 151.92 (2011 U.S. Championships)