Simon Shnapir is one of rare immigrants on a US Olympic team who entered the country as a refugee. Like gold medal-winning swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg, Shnapir's family were Jewish refugees who left Russia under the Lautenberg program named for the the New Jersey Senator who passed away last year.

Shnapir competed in Sochi in the new team skating competition as well as in the pairs figure skating competition. He leaves Russia with a bronze medal in the team competition and a top 10 finish in the pairs competition with his partner Marissa Castelli.