Castelli Gets Hero’s Welcome in RI

By Matt Blanchette

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Straight from Sochi, Olympic pairs skater Marissa Castelli of Cranston returned home to a warm welcome on Monday in Providence.

Castelli walked out onto the ice wearing that bronze medal and was greeted by a crowd of very excited fans.

“It was just amazing being at the Olympics but here just having everyone that I know and supports me it was just amazing, you know I didn't think they would all come,” the Cranston native said.

But they did, holding signs, waving and clapping, all to see Castelli, who is the first Rhode Island figure skater to compete in the Olympics, winning the bronze as part of the team event.

“It was almost like an indescribable feeling you know such pride to be out there and representing the country and doing something for the USA and being part of Team USA,” she said.

Among those welcoming Marissa home monday night, her grandfather John Boitano.

“It's an unbelievable feeling, I am so, so happy for her very hard working, very determined,” he said.

“She trained at my rink that I skate at now it's amazing knowing that you can make it where you start at,” Megan Lunn said. –

And that's why Marissa says it's all about being a role model for others.

“There are so many kids in Rhode Island that I really hope to inspire to skate more and to really go after their dreams,” Castelli said.