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Sochi Olympic team bronze medalist Marissa Castelli ‘moves on’ from figure skating

Marissa Castelli, Simon Shnapir

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir. AP Photo.

Elise Amendola

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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