Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir End Partnership(5/7/14) - Two-time reigning U.S. pairs champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir announced they have ended their partnership. Both skaters have expressed interest in finding new partners.
Castelli and Shnapir, who trained in Boston under coaches Bobby Martin and Carrie Wall, began their partnership eight years ago. Castelli and Shnapir finished ninth at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and were team event bronze medalists at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. They are the 2013 Four Continents bronze medalists and 2009 World Junior bronze medalists.
"I am so honored and proud to have shared the ice with Simon for the last eight years. It has been an amazing journey and I wouldn't change it for the world," Castelli said. "We will always share our amazing accomplishments with each other. I appreciate everything Simon has done for me and wish him the best in his future endeavors. I will continue skating and hope to be back performing in front of a crowd soon. Thank you to everyone who has supported us through the years."
"I am very proud of the accomplishments Marissa and I have had over the past eight years," Shnapir said. "I wish Marissa the best of luck with her future as I look forward to starting a new chapter in my skating career. I want to thank all of my family, coaches, friends and fans as well as U.S. Figure Skating and The Skating Club of Boston for their incredible support."