After excelling in the short program of Olympic pairs skating, the Skating Cub of Boston's Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir took to the ice again on Wednesday morning for their final skate of these Olympic Games.
The pair won bronze in the team event, and after finishing ninth at the end of the short program, Castelli and Shnapir scored a 120.88 with their free skate and had a total score of 187.82 points. They finished ninth overall, with Russian pairs winning both the gold and silver medals.
"We were able to push every time we skated here,” Castelli said afterward. "I have to say it was the first time I felt nervous being on the Olympic ice. It's our final event and we wanted to do well, but we're also pretty tired. We're happy we came out with another personal best."
"We have been skating 10 days straight, so a couple of days off will be just what the doctor ordered," Shnapir added.
Castelli and Shnapir were essential to the US in securing a medal in the new team skating event, as they helped the US recover from a poor opening showing from men’s singles skater Jeremy Abbott. Now they will get to spend the rest of their time in Sochi taking in the sights.
"We're just going to enjoy the Olympics now; we're going to go up the mountains and see other people compete, cheer on our teammates," Castelli said. "It has just been amazing the past week and a half here. We've been on autopilot. Even if we were nervous and didn't know what to do, we just went out and did it."
"Through the time we've been here, my connection here has re-strengthened,” Shnapir said. "We can totally feel the energy of the crowd and I'm feeling the love from my home country. We're feeling it from both sides, the Russian fans and the American fans. I have really grown a new love for everything here."
Russian pair and gold medal favorites Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov were in first place after the short program, when they scored 84.17 points. They captured the gold after a free skate performance where they scored 152.69 points for a total of 236.86.
Fellow Russians Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov took silver with a total of 218.68 after scoring 143.47 in the free skate.
Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, believed to be the only pair who could take down the Russians, had an uncharacteristic fall in the free skate, earning just 136.14 points and finishing with a total of 215.78, good for bronze.
Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay, the only other American pair at these Games, led off the free skate with a score of 110.31, totaling 167.21 points and finishing 12th overall.