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Karina Smirnoff's Biography

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Karina Smirnoff was born in the Ukraine. She started dance at 11-years-old.

Karina Smirnoff has won titles at the UK Open, the US Open, the Asian Open, and the Dutch Open.

She has been five time US National Professional Champion and has been second at the world championships with three different dance partners.

After Karina Smirnoff emigrated to the USA she gained a degree from Fordham University with a Double Major in Economics and Information System Programming.

Karina Smirnoff often danced with Slavik Kryklyvyy up until June 2005. Karina and Slavik's dance record is available at Dance Plaza.

She has also danced to success with fellow Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Louis van Amstel.

In 2011, Karina Smirnoff partnered J.R. Martinez to victory in season 13 of Dancing with the Stars.

In Dancing with the Stars season 12, Karina Smirnoff was partnered by Ralph Macchio. They came fourth.

In season 11 of Dancing with the Stars, Karina Smirnoff was paired with Mike Sorrentino. They were the fourth couple eliminated from the show.

In Dancing with the Stars season 9, Karina Smirnoff partnered Aaron Carter. They came fifth.

In season 8 of Dancing with the Stars, Karina Smirnoff danced with Steve Wozniak. They were voted off in week four.

In Dancing with the Stars season 7, Karina Smirnoff partnered Rocco Dispirito. It was Karina's fifth season on Dancing with the Stars and she and Rocco were the fourth couple voted off.

For Karina Smirnoff, Dancing with the Stars season 6 was a case of partnering another Mario.

Karina and Mario came fifth in Dancing with the Stars.

Dancing with the Stars season 6 was Karina Smirnoff's fourth season. In the third season of the show Karina was runner-up with Mario Lopez, who became her partner off the dance floor as well.

Karina Smirnoff is featured in Mario Lopez's book, Knockout Fitness.

In season 5 of Dancing with the Stars, Karina Smirnoff was partnered with Floyd Mayweather.

Previously, in Dancing with the Stars, Karina Smirnoff had partnered Bill Ray Cyrus.

On December 31, 2008, Karina Smirnoff and fellow Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy got engaged, however in September 2009 it was reported that Karina and Maksim had broken off their engagement.

Subsequently, it was revealed that she was going to marry baseball player Brad Penny on January 21, 2012.

In 2011 Karina Smirnoff posed nude for Playboy.

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