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Materion's Olympic Connection

As the Olympics open on February 7, Materion will be cheering on athletes from around the world as they compete in Sochi, Russia.  We will be paying particular attention to the Pairs Figure Skating as one of our own seek the gold.  Simon Shnapir, son of Materion Precision Optics Sr. Application Design Engineer Boris Shnapir, along with his skating partner Marissa Castelli, will take a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. His Dad is justifiably proud of Simon’s accomplishment.

Recently Simon, 26, from Sudburgy, MA and Marissa, 23, from Cranston, RI, took home their second straight pairs title at the U.S .Figure Skating Championships in Boston.  “We're on to Sochi,” said an excited Shnapir in a recent interview. "I know it's a cliché, but this is a dream come true. We've worked so hard for eight years and this is a great pinnacle for us."

After winning their U.S. title last year, Shnapir and Castelli placed 13th at the World Championships.The last Olympics medal for the USA in figure skating pairs was a bronze in 1988 in Calgary, Canada. The Materion family wishes the duo the best of luck and an enjoyable competition for all the athletes.