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Marissa Castellis winning routine

Updated: January 6, 2014, 1:19 PM ET
By Dimity McDowell | Special to espnW

There are a few things that Marissa Castelli, a pairs skater, shares with her partner, Simon Shnapir: the same birthday (Aug. 20; they're Leos); a love of Disney; the 2013 national championship; and, perhaps not coincidentally, almost seven years of training and competing together.

"Our relationship has had its ups and downs, which is to say it's everything a relationship should be," said Castelli, who is from Cranston, R.I. "If it was steady all the time, we wouldn't grow."

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