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Two-time U.S. champion Shnapir teams with Leng

Both skaters recently split from previous partners; Pair to train in Boston
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Simon Shnapir hopes to return to the U.S. podium next season -- and possibly the Olympics in four years -- with DeeDee Leng. -Jay Adeff

Two-time U.S. pairs champion Simon Shnapir, who split from partner Marissa Castelli earlier this month, will compete with DeeDee Leng beginning next season, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Shnapir competed with Castelli for eight years before the team announced its breakup May 7. Together, they won two U.S. championships and a bronze medal in the inaugural team figure skating event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. They finished ninth in the pairs competition in Sochi.

In a May 8 article on icenetwork, Shnapir said, "Being at the Olympics was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. ... I want to get back there."

Leng is a former U.S. junior ladies champion who turned to pairs in 2012, when she teamed with Timothy LeDuc. At the most recent U.S. championships, the duo finished seventh, including a third-place showing in the short program. They broke up after this past season.

The new team will train in Boston under coach Bobby Martin, who guided Castelli and Shnapir for the duration of their career together.