Karina Smirnoff, born on March 13, 1978, is a world champion professional dancer from Kharkiv, Ukraine. She is a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion. She was a performer on the third season of the ABC series Dancing with the Stars with celebrity partner Mario López, her current boyfriend. They eventually finished in second. Karina returned on the show for Season 4, this time partnered with Billy Ray Cyrus, country singer and Hannah Montana star. The couple was the seventh to be eliminated from the competition.