Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) and his staff showed their support for Cranston Olympian Marissa Castelli, donning limited edition t-shirts made by Warwick business Elite Screen Printing. A portion of the proceeds of the shirts go to the Castelli family to help defray their travel costs to get to Sochi.
“I am so proud that my home state of Rhode Island is represented in Pairs Figure Skating by Marissa Castelli,” said Langevin, who co-chairs the Congressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus. “It has been over a quarter century since Team USA was on the medal platform for Pairs Skating, but we have a great chance of returning this year. We are all immensely proud of her accomplishments and we look forward to cheering on Marissa, her partner Simon Shnapir, and all the other members of Team USA.”
Langevin submitted a statement for the record Thursday in honor of Team USA, the United States Olympic Committee, and all of the athletes participating in the 22nd Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. They will be followed shortly afterwards by the 11th Paralympic Winter Games. Over 200 American athletes will be representing the nation at the Olympics, participating in 15 events.
“Many of these athletes have worked all their lives for the honor of representing their nation at the highest level,” Langevin continued. “All of them will captivate and inspire us through friendly competition, sportsmanship, solidarity and fair play. The Olympic movement is a testament to the power of international competition to unite us in common spirit and a reminder to all that we can achieve our dreams with courage and determination. I wish our Athletes well in the upcoming games, and thank the U.S. Olympic Committee for their continued dedication to achieving a better world through athletics.”