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Marissa Castelli

This article will show you how Marissa Castelli has not only made it to the Olympics of 2014, but what went on afterwards. She has worked entirely hard to get where she is today, and this article will give her the credit that she deserves!

About Marissa

Marissa Castelli was literary born to be a figure skater. She is twenty three years old, and has been skating since she was three. This is because her mom (Lori Castelli) is a coach for figure skating. She began taking actual lessons and joining programs when she was five.

Marissa did not start pair skating until she was fifteen years old. Her first parthner was Brad Vigorito.

Bio

Born - August 20, 1990

Weight - 105 Pounds

Height - 5'0

Parents - Toni Castelli & Lori Castelli

Siblings - Anthony Castelli

Sport - Figure Skating

Preparing for the Olympics

  • The first priority when making it to the Olympics, is to make sure you are prepared. Marissa has been preparing for this moment her whole life basically. She practices all the time out on the ice and she is coming out on top this year!

Brad Vigorito, Talks About His Partner Back In 2005!

  • This article is told by Marissa's first pair partner, Brad Vigrito back in 2005.

The Amazing Sacrifices Made By Marissa Castelli

To become an expert in what you do, sacrifices will be made. Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir have sacrificed so much, devoting all of their time out on the ice. Marissa has been out on the ice since she was just a child, and has developed a passion for it that has lead her to perform in the Olympics.


You may not of noticed but, Marissa and Simon share the same birthday which is August 20th. Like most people that like to go out and celebrate their birthday, Marissa celebrates her birthday on the ice. Her conference held by the U.S. Figure Skating for Athletes on the International Grand Prix circuit is usually hosted on her birthday in Colorado for the Champs Camp. Simon Shnapir quotes "We're always training the day of our birthday. We don't get it off. We're in the rink. But it's easy to remember each other's birthdays, that's for sure."


Birthday's are not the only sacrifice Marissa has made. Family time is also sacrificed. Marissa's family encourages her and loves that she figure skates, which is why they have devoted their time to Marissa as well. Her family has spent thousands of dollars on Marissa. Whether it was on skates, outfits, or even traveling expenses. There were no family vacations because Marissa always had to travel for her competitions. Her family counted these trips as vacations. They loved watching Marissa skate and it much better than any vacation could have been.

How Much Training Was Really Put Into It?

It wasn't easy for Marissa Castelli and her Partner Simon to make it all the way to the Olympics. Just like all athletes, they took their very serious and diligent. They had much support each day, which encouraged them to try even harder. In 2014, they have made several trips north just for their choreography. They worked with Julie Marcotte in Montreal, and you can tell by their results, that all the time they spent training has really payed off. "Were taking it one step at a time," Said Castelli.


With Marissa being 5 foot and Simon being 6 foot 4' inches, the jumps they perform, really gives them a boost in their score. The judges are really amazed by the height of the jumps and throws made. With Simon being the tallest man in skating, he really has the advantage in being noticed.


Their coaches Bobby Martin and Carrie Wall are extremely proud at what Marissa has accomplished during her skating career. They have received U.S. Novice and Junior Bronze Medalists, and Gold at the Ice Challenge in Graz Australia.

  • The first video in the mash up is Marissa and Simon from 2010, The second video is a motivational video, and the last video is a recent video from 2014!
  • Notice how in the first video from 2010, both Marissa and her Partner Simon end up falling some time in their performance. There is so much improvement shown in the 2014 performance by them. Their jumps are landed smoother, along with their throws being higher. Plus they have much more confidence in their performance and much more feeling.
  • This video will let you hear what Marissa has to say about winning nationals and entering the Olympics. How hard they worked etc.

Daily Updates / Current News / Olympics 2014

Winning the Spot in the Olympics, Reaction!

  • Marissa's and Simon's reaction to their score!
Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir Win Spot in the Olympics | LIVE 1-11-14

Figure Skating Schedule

Short Program- Men: 2/6/14 @ 9:30

Short Program- Pairs: 2/6/14 @ 11:10

Short Dance- Ice Dance: 2/8/14 @8:30

Short Program- Ladies: 2/8/14 @10:10

Free Program- Pairs: 2/8//14 @ 12:05

Free Program- Men: 2/9/14 @ 9:00

Free Program- Ladies: 2/9/14 @ 10:05

Free Dance- Ice Dance: 2/9/14 @ 11:10

Short Program- Pairs: 2/11/14 @ 9:00

Free Skating- Pairs: 2/12/14 @ 9:45

Short Program- Men: 2/13/14 @ 9:00

Free Skating- Men: 2/14/14 @ 9:00

Short Dance- Ice Dance: 2/16/14 @ 9:00

Free Dance- Ice Dance: 2/17/14 @ 9:00

Short Program- Ladies: 2/19/14 @ 9:00

Free Skating- Ladies: 2/20/14 @ 9:00

Place?

PAIR SKATING
  • Marissa and Simon took ninth overall in their very first competition together in Russia!
  • This video takes place at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir perform to a very popular song that makes you want to move along with them. Great jumps and throws took place in this performance. Scores are held at the end of the video.
PSP1 Marissa Castelli / Simon Shnapir 2014 U S Champs

Final Results

1. Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Maxim TRANKOV

RUSSIA
236.86

2. Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV
RUSSIA
218.68

3. Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY
GERMANY
215.78

4. Qing PANG / Jian TONG
CHINA
209.88

5. Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Dylan MOSCOVITCH
CANANDA
202.10

6. Vera BAZAROVA / Yuri LARIONOV
RUSSIA
199.60

7. Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD
CANADA
199.53

8. Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG
CHN
195.72

9. Marissa CASTELLI / Simon SHNAPIR
USA
187.82

10. Vanessa JAMES / Morgan CIPRES
FRANCE
179.43

11. Stefania BERTON / Ondrej HOTAREK
ITALY
179.08

12. Felicia ZHANG / Nathan BARTHOLOMAY
USA
167.21

13. Maylin WENDE / Daniel WENDE
GERMANY
166.25

14. Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS
CANANDA
161.98

15. Andrea DAVIDOVICH / Evgeni KRASNOPOLSKI
ISRAEL
147.73

16. Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE
ITALY
137.86

Relaxation / After Winter Olympics

Relaxation is very important when there is always so much going on. This video shows how Marissa Castelli and two of her friends relax after the winter Olympics!

The History of Figure Skating

Figure Skating is the oldest Winter Olympic Sport. It was added to the Olympics in 1908. The Dutch are considered the very first "figure skaters". They would skate between towns to communicate to other villagers. This dates back as far as the 13th century! This soon became popular through out England. Even the highest of people participated in figure skating. King of England, Napoleon III, was one of them. Many clubs and rinks were created for those to skate in.


Figure skating became an official Olympic sport in 1928. There were only three events for figure skating until 1976. These events included Pairs, men's singles, and ladies singles.

Sonje Henie was just 11 years old back in 1928 when she won the Olympic Games in St. Mortiz! She became the most famous figure skater of all time.