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US pairs champs, Olympians split

Created: 05/07/2014 4:29 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

Two-time U.S. pairs champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, who finished ninth at the Olympics, have ended their partnership.

Castelli and Shnapir helped the United States win a bronze medal in the first Olympic team event, and their top 10 placement at Sochi was considered a big step internationally.

Castelli and Shnapir won their second national title in Boston - both live in the Boston area - with an emotional performance at TD Garden. They skated four programs at Sochi, an exhausting schedule, before heading to the world championships in Japan.

But they struggled to an 11th-place finish at worlds even though several of the better pairs from the Olympics did not compete. Both skaters are looking to continue their careers with another partner.





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