Marissa Castelli

Marissa Castelli (born August 20, 1990) is an American pair skater. With her skating partner, Mervin Tran, she is the 2017 U.S. national silver medalist.

Marissa Castelli
Marissa Castelli Simon Shnapir 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Pairs Champions.JPG
Castelli and Shnapir atop the medal podium at the 2013 U.S. Championships
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born (1990-08-20) August 20, 1990 (age 29)
Providence, Rhode Island
Home townCranston, Rhode Island
Height5 ft 0 in (1.52 m)
PartnerMervin Tran
Former partnerSimon Shnapir, Brad Vigorito
CoachBruno Marcotte, Richard Gauthier, Sylvie Fullum, Bobby Martin
Former coachCarrie Wall, Mark Mitchell
ChoreographerJulie Marcotte
Former choreographerSheryl Franks, Carrie Wall, Robert Martin
Skating clubSC of Boston
Training locationsMontreal
Began skating1994
ISU personal best scores
Combined total177.15
2017 Internationaux de France
Short program67.50
2016 CS Autumn Classic
Free skate118.16
2017 Internationaux de France

With her former partner, Simon Shnapir, she is the 2013 Four Continents bronze medalist, the 2009 World Junior bronze medalist, and a two-time U.S. national champion (2013 & 2014). The pair won a bronze medal in the team event at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Personal lifeEdit

Castelli was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and graduated from Cranston High School West. She was enrolled at the Community College of Rhode Island[1] before deciding to study sales and marketing at DeVry University.[2] Her brother, Anthony Castelli, played football at Bryant University[3] and her mother, Lori Castelli, is a figure skating coach.[4]

Early careerEdit

Castelli began skating at age three and enrolled in U.S. Figure Skating's Basic Skills program when she was about five.[4] Early in her career, she competed as a single skater and also skated pairs with Brad Vigorito.[3]

Partnership with ShnapirEdit

Castelli and Simon Shnapir teamed up in April 2006 and began training together in earnest in June.[3][5] They trained in Boston, coached by Bobby Martin, Carrie Wall (technical), Mark Mitchell (in-betweens, polishing), and Peter Johansson (throws).[1] Castelli broke Shnapir's nose once while they were practicing the twist.[6]

Castelli/Shnapir qualified for the 2008 Junior Grand Prix Final and placed sixth. The pair won the bronze medal at the 2009 World Junior Championships.

2009–2010 seasonEdit

In the 2009–2010 season, Castelli was off the ice for a month after she collided with an Italian while she was skating backwards and landed on his blade, resulting in 15 stitches to her inner thigh.[3][4] The pair placed tenth on the senior level at the 2010 U.S. Championships and were sent to the 2010 Four Continents Championships where they also finished tenth.

2012–2013 seasonEdit

In 2012, Castelli/Shnapir split up for a month but decided to recommit to their partnership.[7] They won gold at the 2012 Ice Challenge and then won bronze, their first Grand Prix medal, at the 2012 NHK Trophy.[8] They won their first national title at the 2013 U.S. Championships.[7] They were assigned to the 2013 Four Continents and won the bronze medal.

2013–2014 seasonEdit

Castelli/Shnapir won their second national title at the 2014 U.S. Championships and were named in the U.S. team to the 2014 Winter Olympics, held in February in Sochi, Russia. They won a bronze medal in the team event and placed 9th in the pairs event. In March, Castelli/Shnapir finished 11th at the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan. They announced the end of their partnership on May 7, 2014.[9][10]

Partnership with TranEdit

On June 10, 2014, Castelli announced that she and Canada's Mervin Tran had formed a partnership which would train mainly in Montreal under Bruno Marcotte and to a lesser extent at the Skating Club of Boston under Bobby Martin.[11][12] It was also announced that he was awaiting release from Skate Canada, indicating that they might compete for the United States.[11]

2016–2017 seasonEdit

Tran sustained a concussion in August 2016.[13] After winning bronze at the 2016 CS Autumn Classic International, the pair appeared at two Grand Prix events, placing 7th at the 2016 Skate America and 5th at the 2016 Trophée de France. Castelli accidentally struck Tran with her elbow during training in late December.[13]


With TranEdit

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Fallin'
    by Alicia Keys
    choreo. by Julie Marcotte
Journey medley:
Journey medley:
  • Don't Stop Believin'
  • Open Arms
  • Any Way You Want It
    choreo. by Julie Marcotte

With ShnapirEdit

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition

  • Payadora
    by Julian Plaza
    choreo. by Julie Marcotte
  • Money
    by Pink Floyd
  • For the Love of Money
    by the O'Jays
  • Prelude
  • Quadukka-l-Mayyas
    by Jesse Cook
  • Gladiator
    by Hans Zimmer, Lisa Gerrard
  • Mon Enfant
    by George Winston
  • Salome
    by Richard Strauss

Competitive highlightsEdit

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With TranEdit

Event 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18
Four Continents 6th
GP France 6th 5th 6th
GP Rostelecom Cup 7th
GP Skate America 7th
GP Skate Canada 4th
CS Autumn Classic 3rd 4th
CS Golden Spin 5th
CS U.S. Classic 2nd
Autumn Classic 2nd
U.S. Championships 6th 3rd 2nd 6th
TBD: Assigned

Pairs career with ShnapirEdit

Event 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14
Olympics 9th
Worlds 13th 11th
Four Continents 10th 3rd
GP Bompard 7th
GP NHK Trophy 7th 3rd 4th
GP Skate America 6th 5th 6th
GP Skate Canada 4th
Ice Challenge 1st
Nepela Memorial 4th
U.S. Classic 4th
International: Junior[28]
Junior Worlds 3rd
JGP Final 6th
JGP Czech Rep. 4th
JGP Estonia 10th
JGP U.K. 4th
U.S. Champ. 9th N. 3rd N. 3rd J. 10th 5th 5th 1st 1st
East. Sectionals 4th N. 1st N. 1st
Team events
Olympics 3rd
World Team
1st T
(5th P)
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

Singles careerEdit

Event 2006–07 2007–08
Eastern Sectionals 9th N. 11th N.
New England Regionals 4th N.
N. = Novice level


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External linksEdit

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