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Karina Smirnoff

Karina Smirnoff (Ukrainian: Карiна Смiрнова; Russian: Кapинa Cмиpнoвa; born Karina Smirnova; January 2, 1978) is a Ukrainian professional ballroom dancer. She is best known to the general public as a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars, winning the thirteenth season with army veteran and soap opera star J. R. Martinez. She's also won runner-up title, a semi-final title, and several quarter final titles. She is a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion. Smirnoff has won the title at the UK Open, is a three-time champion at the US Open, two-time champion at the Asian Open, five-time champion at the Dutch Open, and five-time US National Professional Champion. She has taken second at the British Open Blackpool Dance Festival and she is the first woman to also ever make the "British Professional Final" with three different partners. Smirnoff was born Karina Smirnova in Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union on January 2, 1978. When she was five years old, she began taking ballet lessons, followed by gymnastics, aerobics, figure skating, ballroom dancing and piano. She chose to pursue ballroom dancing. In 1992, Smirnoff immigrated to the

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Karina Smirnoff -- Strokes It, Rides It, Loves It

Karina Smirnoff
Strokes It, Rides It, Loves It

When not "Dancing with the D-list Stars," Karina Smirnoff likes to flash her gorgeous golden limbs playing miniature golf and arcade games.The 31-year-old babe and her fiance -- fellow Ukranian… READ MORE >

Karina: Shawn Johnson Makes How Much?

Karina:
Shawn Johnson Makes How Much?

Karina Smirnoff from "Dancing With The Stars" was headed to practice when we asked her if she knew how much bank Shawn Johnson was getting paid for doing the show.Unfortunately for Karina, we had… READ MORE >

- 2037 days ago
"DWTS" Dancer Only Marches for Dimes

"DWTS" Dancer Only Marches for Dimes

Karina Smirnoff is a great dancer, but her performance lacks a certain sense of humility and charity.The "Dancing With The Stars" Star (?) is suing a restaurant for not paying her fee at a March… READ MORE >

- 2093 days ago
A Pink Slip for Karina Smirnoff

A Pink Slip for Karina Smirnoff

Karina Smirnoff from "DWTS" should have partnered up with some double-sided tape last night. But we're not complaining. READ MORE >

- 2180 days ago
Karina -- Pole Dancing with the Stars?

Karina -- Pole Dancing with the Stars?

She's got the perfect stripper name, but Karina Smirnoff is no exotic dancer.Mario Lopez's ex got our photog all worked up when she got out of her car in front of the Body Shop strip club -- but… READ MORE >

- 2217 days ago
Mario and Karina's Nip Slip Dip

Mario and Karina's
Nip Slip Dip

"Dancing with the Stars" real-life couple Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff have two left feet -- when it comes to water sports.While attempting to pick up Karina in the ocean off Miami Beach,… READ MORE >

- 2343 days ago
LiLo Cuts One with Snoop

LiLo
Cuts One with Snoop

Not what you think, but awesome nonetheless: Lindsay Lohan is recording tracks for her new album with none other than Snoop Dogg – and she's going to be on Motown Records? Does Mary Wilson… READ MORE >

- 2370 days ago
Karina Smirnoff: Dancing with the Robe

Karina Smirnoff: Dancing with the Robe

"Dancing with the Stars" golden girl Karina Smirnoff really knows how to take a shot!While getting ready for Tuesday's show, Smirnoff did the tango with her robe and nearly flashed her feminine… READ MORE >

- 2587 days ago
Nervous Mario Says, Show Must Go On

Nervous Mario
Says, Show Must Go On

TMZ just spoke with Mario Lopez, who confirmed his dancing partner injured herself today, just hours before "Dancing With the Stars" airs live on ABC.Lopez says Karina Smirnoff "hurt her back and… READ MORE >

- 2952 days ago
Breaking News: Injury on the Set of 'Dancing'

Breaking News:
Injury on the Set of 'Dancing'

Just hours before tonight's taping of "Dancing with the Stars," TMZ has learned that Mario Lopez's partner, Karina Smirnoff, has suffered an injury on the set of the hit ABC show. While reps for… READ MORE >

- 2952 days ago

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