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    Castelli and Tran official

    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2014/06/10/79080006/

    Still that they're willing to go through all the red tape. Would Canada really release Mervin easily?

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    Excerpt from the above article link:

    Castelli, Tran teaming up despite logistical hurdles
    Pair will train in both Boston, Montreal for upcoming season
    Posted 6/10/14 by Amy Rosewater, special to icenetwork
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    Castelli said she never considered representing Canada, telling icenetwork, "I'm American all the way." Tran is awaiting word regarding his release from Skate Canada. Skate Canada's board of directors is expected to make a decision regarding Tran's future at their next meeting, which is scheduled for the end of June. At a minimum, he is not expected to be able to compete internationally for a year. Tran's last competition was at Four Continents when he and Purich finished fifth.

    While Skate Canada officials sort out Tran's issues regarding what country he can represent on the ice, the couple has already started training together. They plan to train in both Boston, where Castelli has spent much of her career, and in Montreal. When the skaters are in Boston, they will work with coach Bobby Martin. They plan to train in Montreal the majority of the time, however, and will work with coach Bruno Marcotte.
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    Tran joked that their six-hour commute between Boston and Montreal will provide them with "good bonding time."
    Last edited by Sylvia; 06-10-2014 at 11:30 PM.
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    Best of luck to Marissa & Mervin in their new partnership.

    I think since Tran only represented Canada one season, I can see him getting his release from SC. I guess we'll see in a few weeks.

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    Very exciting! Welcome to the US of A, Mervin! Happy to have you!

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    I'm glad they both found new partners. This could be a very interesting pairing.
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    I sure hope Mervin can get his release. Should be rather iiiiinteresting in the Boston camp, no, with Castelli & Shnapir both training there with different partners? Although as far as I can tell their split wasn't particularly nasty. It should also be an interesting process for Castelli, considering she skated with Simon for 8 years, from novice through sr level.
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    I'm very intrigued by this pairing! Best of luck, I can't wait to see them!

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    I bet he'll get his release. I can't imagine he can get his US citizenship, though. So they can skate at Nationals and Worlds, and on the Grand Prix circuit, but not the Olys.
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    Tran won't have the US citizenship by 2018 unless he marries a US citizen within 1 year. I have done the Boston-Montreal travel for years and it is absolutely brutal in the winter, even with good winter tires.

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    From what it sounds like, C/S's split was pretty mutual and frankly I think they were happy just to have made it as far as the Olympics as they have said themselves that their partnership was often difficult. And both partners found new ones pretty quickly, so it's not like one of them left for a new partner and the other got stranded (ala Yankowskas). So I don't see why they would have difficultly sharing a rink at times.

    I admit, I was pretty excited to see that Marissa is going to be skating with Mervin. I loved his partnership with Takahashi and was super bummed when it didn't work out because of logistical reasons. Castilli should be a good fit for him and hopefully he gets his release soon as I don't see Castelli getting a release from the US fed easily due to being an Olympic medalist and all that.

    Still, it looks like Simon will be out on the ice competing first; hopefully Tran/Castelli is not far behind.

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    Maybe C/T's goal isn't the Olympics, but just Worlds? There is still red-tape, but not nearly as much. Marissa already has an Olympic medal, and an individual one is pretty unlikely in any case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LilJen View Post
    I sure hope Mervin can get his release. Should be rather iiiiinteresting in the Boston camp, no, with Castelli & Shnapir both training there with different partners?
    They may not end up sharing all that much ice time. It really sounds like C/T going to basically be Marcotte's team but are keeping a base in Boston because they plan to represent the US, she has good relationships with her Boston coaching staff and SCoB and Montreal have been working collaboratively for a few years now.

    In any event, happy Marissa found a partner and will be back competing (relatively) soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spareoom View Post
    From what it sounds like, C/S's split was pretty mutual and frankly I think they were happy just to have made it as far as the Olympics as they have said themselves that their partnership was often difficult. And both partners found new ones pretty quickly, so it's not like one of them left for a new partner and the other got stranded (ala Yankowskas). So I don't see why they would have difficultly sharing a rink at times.

    I admit, I was pretty excited to see that Marissa is going to be skating with Mervin. I loved his partnership with Takahashi and was super bummed when it didn't work out because of logistical reasons. Castilli should be a good fit for him and hopefully he gets his release soon as I don't see Castelli getting a release from the US fed easily due to being an Olympic medalist and all that.

    Still, it looks like Simon will be out on the ice competing first; hopefully Tran/Castelli is not far behind.

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    IMO, the more competitive pairs in the U.S. the better! Bring 'em on!
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    I have to admit this is a bit of a wasn't expecting this one!

    If it works out that they can compete for the US, that'll certainly liven things up at Nats...

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    This has been the most interesting off season so far. Good luck to Castelli and Tran. I thought Takahashi-Tran had so much potential, it was almost a tragedy that they had to split.

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    I find it interesting that Marissa "was not looking to rush into another partnership just to get back on the ice quickly." The fact she forthrightly says she never considered skating for Canada, must mean Marissa had some indication before the tryout that Mervin was willing to skate for the U.S. if the tryout worked well and they mututally decided to partner-up.

    Did Marissa tryout with anyone else besides T. Le Duc and Mervin? I imagine there weren't many viable candidates available in any case. Aside from the country affiliation hurdle, Mervin's experience and international success combined with Marissa's domestic success and Olympic experience are certainly great assets to build upon for this new team. Added to that obviously is the fact that something clicked for them both during the two tryouts they had. I love how the article opened:

    There was a part of Marissa Castelli that secretly did not want a partnership with Mervin Tran to work. Such a partnership would require too much paperwork, too much waiting, too much travel.

    But then she would skate with him and things would work out too well.

    "I didn't want to skate together at first," Castelli admitted. "Then we skated together and I said, 'OK, maybe we'll try that again.'"

    They tried it again, and now they are partners...

    "Lucky for me," Castelli said, "Mervin knows what he's doing. We have to work on a few things but we have good, natural timing together. It really terrified me at first to skate with other people, but I'm feeling very comfortable with Mervin already."


    And the fact Marissa says that she and Mervin have been "good friends" for about seven years, is surely another bonus.

    ETA:

    Since we can't yet see them together, here they are with memorable past routines with former partners:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5P90eoKGEQ Tran

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX-Rk89mddk Castelli
    Last edited by aftershocks; 06-11-2014 at 01:24 AM.

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    I am curious to see how this team looks, I can't picture it in my mind. I'm surprised he seems to think it's ok to just country hope from one to another to another. I guess Aaron Van Cleave did this too. Sad there is not a lot of loyalty to your own country. That being said, good luck to this new team.

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    ^^ I can't wait to see this team together too, and I feel that way about most of the new pairings. I added past clips of Marissa and Mervin with their former partners to my previous post.

    As far as country-hopping, likely most skaters would prefer to continue skating with someone in their own country but that's not always possible and that's just the state of affairs that exists. Obviously that is the reason we see so many global partnerships in pairs and dance (with some of them becoming successful internationally). Obviously Mervin skated for many years (at least five or six) with Narumi Takahashi for Japan because their partnership was working and they were both committed to making it work. Once they achieved success at Worlds, their victory ended up presenting challenges to push for a decision regarding the citizenship obstacle. I am certain Narumi is very grateful for all she learned during her partnership with Mervin and for how their pairing benefited her country. If the citizenship issue could have been worked out, no doubt Mervin and Narumi would still be together -- it was just too tough a hurdle and that's probably largely why they split. Mervin was still committed to that pairing; it was Narumi who made the decision to break-up.

    As a Canadian, Mervin worked hard at finding a Canadian partner and that ended up not being as successful as they anticipated. It was heartbreaking for Mervin and Natasha when they didn't make the Olympic team, but surely there were additional reasons why they ended up splitting.

    IMO, it's not fair for the skater athletes to have to be faced with such tough decisions, long waits and paperwork because they happen to click with a skater from a different country, when there aren't enough viable partnership opportunities in their respective countries. The rules should be changed.
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