Karina Smirnoff was born January 2, 1978, in the former Soviet Union. She is a world-class dance champion who has been a professional partner on Dancing with the Stars since season three. In 2006, Karina won a number of ballroom dance competitions throughout the world. Her first Dancing partner was Mario Lopez. The two came in second and began dating during the show; their relationship ended in 2008. Other partners Karina has been paired with include Billy Ray Cyrus, Mario and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. In 2008, Karina began dating fellow Dancing professional Maksim Chmerkovskiy. They got engaged that same year, but split up in 2009.
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