Marissa, along with partner and fellow Club coach Simon Shnapir, is a 2014 Olympic Pairs team bronze medalist and two-time U.S. Pairs Champion (2013 & 2014). She is also a two-time World Team member and has a long career of national and international titles. From Providence, Rhode Island, Marissa grew up skating alongside her mom, Lori Castelli, who is also a figure skating coach.
Marissa and Simon became a team in 2006 and trained right here at The Skating Club of Boston. Known for their larger than life lifts, daring twists and huge throw triple Axel, Simon’s height combined with Marissa’s daredevil wit, the team was always a crowd pleaser. Marissa and Simon together toured the world both as competitive skaters gracing the ice stage around the world at numerous international competitions including Four Continents, NHK Trophy, Ice Challenge, Skate America, and more. Marissa and Simon also toured with Stars On Ice and performed in the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular.
At the end of her partnership with Simon Shnapir, Marissa began skating with fellow pair skater, Mervin Tran, whom she went on to have additional success with. Together Marissa and Mervin medaled at various national and international competitions including becoming the 2017 U.S. Pairs silver medalists, and 2016 U.S. Pairs bronze medalists.
After her competitive skating career, Marissa went on to follow in her mother’s footsteps and began coaching skating herself as well as working on choreography and performance with beginner through elite level skaters. Marissa is the Head Choreographer for the Club’s very own Ice Chips and Harvard University’s An Evening with Champions.
Today, Marissa teaches freestyle, moves in the field, choreography and performance skills. She enjoys working with skaters of all ages and levels, focusing on improving and enhancing skating skills, body movement and style on the ice. She specializes in helping up and coming skaters feel confident and in control of their own skating and style.
National Academy of Sports Medicine
I take pride in inspiring skaters of all ages and levels to feel the best they can about their skating while having fun and being passionate about the sport of figure skating. It is my endeavor to pass along my experience with skating to the next generation of champions at The Skating Club of Boston.
Students’ Competitive Achievements:
Work with regional through international level skaters in both singles and pairs.
Last 4 Years – Students’ Competitive Achievements:
Choreograph for international level skaters in pairs.
Disciplines / Specialties:
Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Choreography, Performance Skating
2017 U.S. Championships, 2nd (w/ Mervin Tran)
2016 Trophée de France, 5th (w/ Mervin Tran)
2016 Skate America, 7th (w/ Mervin Tran)
2016 Autumn Classic International, 3rd (w/ Mervin Tran)
2016 U.S. Championships, 3rd (w/ Mervin Tran)
2015 Golden Spin of Zagreb, 5th (w/ Mervin Tran)
2015 Trophée Eric Bompard, 6th (w/ Mervin Tran)
2015 Skate Canada, 4th (w/ Mervin Tran)
2015 Autumn Classic International, 2nd (w/ Mervin Tran)
2015 U.S. International Classic, 2nd (w/ Mervin Tran)
2015 U.S. Championships, 6th (w/ Mervin Tran)
2014 Olympic Winter Games, 3rd (team event w/ Simon Shnapir)
2014 U.S. Pairs Champion (w/ Simon Shnapir)
2013 World Championships, 13th (w/ Simon Shnapir)
2013 Four Continents, 3rd (w/ Simon Shnapir)
2013 U.S. Pairs Champion (w/ Simon Shnapir)
2012 NHK Trophy, 3rd (w/ Simon Shnapir)
2012 Ice Challenge Champions (w/ Simon Shnapir)
2010 Skate Canada, 4th (w/ Simon Shnapir)
2010 Eastern Sectional Champions (w/ Simon Shnapir)
2009 U.S. Junior Championships, 3rd (w/ Simon Shnapir)
2009 World Junior Championships, 3rd (w/ Simon Shnapir)
Stars On Ice
Smucker’s Skating Spectacular
Tribute to American Legends of the Ice
Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular
Ice Chips Show of Champions
An Evening with Champions
Coaching Awards, Accomplishments & Seminars:
Skating Awards, & Accomplishments:
Affiliation with U.S. Figure Skating, PSA, ISU:
Athlete Advisory Committee, U.S. Figure Skating
Pairs Coaches Committee, U.S. Figure Skating
International Coaches Committee, U.S. Figure Skating
Member, U.S. Figure Skating