Marissa Castelli is choosing to move on from skating, without calling it a “retirement.”
“I absolutely hate the word ‘retirement’… it makes me feel like an old lady!” Castelli told U.S. Figure Skating’s Fan Zone.
Castelli and former partner Simon Shnapir won two national titles and competed at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, helping Team USA to a bronze medal in the inaugural team competition. They also finished ninth in the pairs’ competition.
When Castelli and Shnapir split, she teamed up with Mervin Tran and landed on two more national championship podiums.
“Just because I’m retiring, doesn’t mean that I’m moving on from sport. Yes, I’m moving on from competitive skating, but I’m not gone completely,” Castelli said, adding that she is still coaching the next generation of skaters and choreographing shows.
Away from the ice, she is taking college classes, has gotten a dog with her new fiancé, and running half-marathons.
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Skating has been an amazing journey for me and I will cherish it forever. Moving on has been one of the hardest things I have ever done. I will miss competitive skating and especially flying through the air. Luckily I have a pretty cool photo to remind me.😊 Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support and love through the years. ❤️❤️❤️ Photo Credit-John Huet!
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