She emigrated to the United States in 1992 and then graduated from Fordham University with degree in economics and information system programming. Paired with a succession of partners, most notably Slavik Kryklyvyy, she won the U. National Professional Latin Championship and various other amateur and pro titles.In 2006 she appeared on the third season of Dancing With the Stars, coming in second with actor Mario Lopez. And being on the show, it just makes me want to dance again." A spokesman for ABC, who would not confirm the plan, says the network is not ready to make any formal announcement.The names also make sense when you consider the pairings with their old pro partners: Runner-up Lopez could dance again with Karina Smirnoff, assuming that they could put their former romance aside.
She was born in the Ukraine (while it was still part of the Soviet Union) and took up ballroom dance at age 11.After settling in New York City, Smirnoff put dancing on the backburner to concentrate on academics.She attended Christopher Columbus High School and the Bronx High School of Science.Karina Smirnoff partnered with Roman Nabatov in 1996, and the pair placed 22nd at the U. In 2001, she switched partners again, and went on to dominate ballroom dance competitions for the next four years. Karina Smirnoff was born on January 2, 1978, in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union. She switched partners for the 1999 British Open Dance Championships, where she finished in the top five in six events.Smirnoff quickly discovered her passion and talent for ballroom dance and dropped her other activities to concentrate exclusively on dancing.