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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Karina Smirnoff pics

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 emigrated to the United States,and is reportedly a naturalized United States citizen.

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 been ranked second in the world, and took second at the British Open Blackpool Dance Festival.

She is the first woman to ever make the British Professional Final with three different partners.