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With partner Elena Grinenko, whom Chmerkovskiy competed with from 2002-2005, Chmerkovskiy achieved the rank of 2nd in the United States and 7th in the world among professional international Latin couples.
He said in 2011 of choosing a New Jersey location, "I didn't want to open a studio that would become just one of the studios in the area. In Season 5 of Dancing with the Stars, he was partnered with Melanie Brown and the couple received second place.
Doctors foresaw long-term difficulties and little possibility of a dancing career; however, he recovered and was dancing again six months later.
Moving to the United States also gave Chmerkovskiy the opportunity to rededicate himself to dance.
As a child Chmerkovskiy also participated in tennis, soccer, and swimming.
At age 13, he broke his right leg in a skiing accident and had a titanium rod put in to stabilize his leg.