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US pairs champs, Olympians split

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By The Associated Press

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ 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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