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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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DISSED By 'Dancing' Star

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Lucky Penny -- Karina Smirnoff Rocks Bikini

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- 1697 days ago
Karina Smirnoff Finds a Penny, Picks Him Up

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Finds a Penny, Picks Him Up

Karina Smirnoff's new man is a giant -- as in San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Brad Penny.The "Dancing with the Stars" pro -- who just broke up with ex-fiance Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- was all… READ MORE >

- 1792 days ago
Karina Smirnoff -- Is That a Compliment?

Karina Smirnoff
Is That a Compliment?

This is the exact moment a papper told Karina Smirnoff she looked like Jessica Simpson -- that look says it all. READ MORE >

- 1813 days ago
Old 'Dancing' Outfit Made Emmy Debut

Old 'Dancing' Outfit
Made Emmy Debut

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- 1818 days ago
Maksim & Karina -- Exes Forced to Bump & Grind

Maksim & Karina
Exes Forced to Bump & Grind

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- 1821 days ago
Karina Smirnoff -- Strokes It, Rides It, Loves It

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Strokes It, Rides It, Loves It

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