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Marissa and Simon defended their national title in Boston and are going to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia!  Here are their quotes after they were nominated to the 2014 U.S. Olympic team as published in the Boston Globe on January 12, 2014:

“Simon and I are speechless; this is one of the happiest days of our lives,” Castelli said. “We’ve worked so hard for the last eight years together and it really paid off. We’re so excited to be here in this moment... We’re so excited to go to Sochi. We’re thrilled!”

“’Мы на в Сочи!’ That means ‘We’re on to Sochi’ in Russian,” Shnapir said. “I know it’s cliché, but this is a dream come true. We’re still a little bit shocked. We’re just trying to enjoy all of these moments. We’ve worked so hard and done so much on our eight years together and this is such a great pinnacle for us.”

Marissa/Simon's 2013-14 short program music is "Black Magic Woman" and "Smooth" by Carlos Santana and their free skate music is from the Skyfall soundtrack (James Bond-themed). Both programs were choreographed by Julie Marcotte. Look for a new addition to their free skate repertoire this season: a throw quadruple Salchow!

Photos from the 2013 U.S. Championships have been added to the Gallery. Latest articles/videos are listed below.

ARTICLES:

WCVB Channel 5 Boston news video (Dec. 31, 2013)

Q&A: Simon Shnapir & Marissa Castelli (Boston Magazine, Dec. 31, 2013)

TODAY Show interview with Natalie Morales (aired on Dec. 25, 2013)

Castelli/Shnapir as well as their coach, Bobby Martin, are included in this article and 3-minute
video featuring most of the Skating Club of Boston Nationals-bound skaters
(Boston.com, Dec. 11, 2013)

Castelli, Shnapir spin free into senior pairs gold (IceNetwork, Jan. 26, 2013)

Road to Omaha: Door open for Castelli, Shnapir (IceNetwork, Jan. 15, 2013)

Castelli and Shnapir Soar to New Heights (Boston2014.com, Jan. 10, 2013)

Door wide open for Castelli and Shnapir (Golden Skate, Jan. 3, 2013)

Five favorite things with Castelli and Shnapir (IceNetwork, Dec. 20, 2012)

The Inside Edge on Castelli and Shnapir (IceNetwork, Dec. 18, 2012)

Figure skaters Shnapir and Castelli having a breakout season (Boston Globe, Dec. 7, 2012)

OLDER NEWS:

November 13, 2011 — In their lone Grand Prix event of the season, the NHK Trophy in Sapporo, Japan, Marissa and Simon placed seventh with 149.02 points. The pair was seventh in the short program (49.93) and in the free skate (99.09).

October 3, 2011 — Marissa and Simon placed fourth at Ondrej Nepela Memorial in Bratislava, Slovakia, their opening event of the 2011-12 season. En route to a total score of 147.97 points, they were fourth in the short program with 53.86 and fourth in the free with 94.11.

January 30, 2011 — In their second year skating as seniors at the U.S. Championship, Marissa and Simon improved from 10th in 2010 to fifth this year in Greensboro, N.C. They scored 151.92 points for their sixth place short program and fifth place free skate.

November 13, 2010 — Marissa and Simon placed sixth at their second Grand Prix event of the season, Skate America in Portland, Ore. With a seventh place short program and a fifth place free skate, they scored 153.33 points overall.

October 31, 2010 — Marissa and Simon finished fourth at Skate Canada with 159.85 points. After the short program, they were in second place but slipped to fourth following a fifth place free skate.

June 13, 2010 — Marissa and Simon have been selected to compete at two events on the 2010 Grand Prix circut, October's Skate Canada in Kingston, Ontario, and November's Skate America in Portland, Ore.

January 29, 2010 — Marissa and Simon placed 10th at the Four Continents Championship in Jeonju, Korea. They scored 128.91 points following a 10th place short program and free skate.

January 21, 2010 — Based on their performance at the 2010 U.S. Championship in Spokane, Wash., Marissa and Simon have been selected to compete for Team USA later this month at Four Continents Championship in Jeonju, Korea.

January 16, 2010 — Marissa and Simon finished 10th in their senior debut at the U.S. Championships with 142.53 points.

November 22, 2009 — Marissa and Simon won the senior pairs title at the Eastern Sectional Championship. With the gold medal, they are now qualified for the 2010 U.S. Championships in Spokane, Wash.

October 17, 2009 — Marissa and Simon finished seventh at Trophee Eric Bompard with 133.01 points overall. They were seventh in both programs.

October 16, 2009 — At Trophee Eric Bompard, Marissa and Simon's first senior event, they are in seventh place following a personal best short program that received 49.50 points.

May 30, 2009 — Marissa and Simon are making their senior Grand Prix debut this season. The pair, who capped off their junior career with a bronze medal at the 2009 World Junior Championships, were selected to represent Team USA at Trophée Eric Bompard, Oct. 15-18, in Paris, France.

February 25, 2009 — Marissa and Simon won the bronze medal at the World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, with 137.47 points. They were second in the short program (49.10) and fourth in the free skate (88.37) to leave their last junior competition with a medal.

February 24, 2009 — Marissa and Simon finished second in the short program at the World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. The team takes 49.10 points into the free skate.

January 24, 2009 — U.S. Figure Skating selected Marissa and Simon to represent the United States at the World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

January 23, 2009 — Marissa and Simon won the bronze medal in the junior event at the 2009 U.S. Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, with 129.87 points. They were second in the short and third in the free skate.

January 21, 2009 — Marissa and Simon finished second in the short program at the U.S. Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, where they are competing in the junior event. The pair has 47.57 points going into the free skate.

December 12, 2008 — Marissa and Simon finished sixth at the Junior Grand Prix Final with 126.40 points. They were sixth in both portions of the competition.

December 11, 2008 — Marissa and Simon were sixth in the short program at the Junior Grand Prix Final in Goyang City, Korea. They carry 44.84 points into Friday's free skate.

November 5, 2008 — Marissa and Simon opened their official Web site today in cooperation with Figure Skaters Online.

October 18, 2008 — Marissa and Simon are headed for December's Junior Grand Prix Final in Goyang City, Korea, after placing fourth at Junior Grand Prix Great Britain with 128.39 points. They were fifth in the short program and seventh on the free skate.

September 21, 2008 — Marissa and Simon finished fourth at Junior Grand Prix Czech Republic with 120.51 points. The pair placed fifth in the short program but later skated a third place free skate.

August 20, 2008 — Marissa and Simon are celebrating their birthdays today. While Marissa is 18 years old, Simon is 21.

August 18, 2008 — Marissa and Simon will compete at Junior Grand Prix Czech Republic Sept. 17-21 in Ostrava. Last season, they made their Junior Grand Prix debut by finishing 10th in Estonia.

June 12, 2008 — The U.S. Figure Skating Association announced today that for the second season Marissa and Simon will represent the United States at a Junior Grand Prix event. Information on the specific competition, which will occur in in late August, September or October, will be released by the USFS at least 30 days before the event.

June 7, 2008 — Marissa graduated from Cranston High School West today in her hometown of Cranston, R.I. She plans to pursue a college degree, like Simon, in the future.

April 12, 2008 — Marissa and Simon attended U.S. Figure Skating's National Pairs Camp, April 9-12, along with the nation's top pairs. The camp was held at the Olympic Training Center and World Arena Ice Hall in Colorado Springs, Colo.