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Sudbury's Shnapir Picked to Skate Thursday Olympic Event

Simon Shnapir will join Cranston, R.I., resident Marissa Castelli in the short program for figure skating.

Simon Shnapir and Marissa Castelli received good news overnight. (File Photo)
Simon Shnapir and Marissa Castelli received good news overnight. (File Photo)
While most American Olympic fans were sleeping, Simon Shnapir and Marissa Castelli were receiving exciting news in Russia.

Shnapir, a Sudbury resident, and Castelli, a Cranston, R.I., native, were selected to the United States roster for the team figure skating event that begins on Thursday night in Sochi.

The announcement was posted around 1:15 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, according to a report on NBCOlympics.com

Sudbury residents can watch their local skater Thursday night in primetime. The team figure skating event airs during the 8 p.m. time slot of Olympic coverage on NBC.

Medals for the team figure skating event will be awarded on Sunday. Experts list Team Canada as the favorite while Russia is expected to challenge for the gold.

Check back with Sudbury Patch for updates on Shnapir's performance during the Olympics.

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