Elena Grinenko competed in two seasons of Dancing With The Stars. In Season 3 she danced with Tucker Carlson and finished in eleventh place. In Season 4 she danced with basketball great Clyde Drexler and finished in eighth place.
Elena was born in Russia and that is where she began to dance. She was a Junior Soviet Union Finalist in all divisions of ballroom dancing, and she won the Moscow and National Championship titles in Latin dance in 1994. After she graduated from high school she went on to further her study of dance at the Russian Art Academy. When she was 21, she decided to pursue her dream and moved to the U.S. and settled in New York.
She competed in the American Rhythm section with Dancing With The Stars alum Tony Dovolani. Her list of accomplishments include: Philadelphia Dance Festival Winner in 2003, Ohio Star Ball Champion 2003, All England Champion 2003, Masters Gala Finalist 2005, World Cup Finalist 2005, Yankee Classic Champion 2005, American Ballroom Challenge – Rhythm Champion 2006, Emerald Ball Open American Rhythm Champion 2006.