The bottom line is, I had a crush on Karina for years," says Maks.Possibly his feelings for her were stronger than her feelings for him? It's too bad.As they ascended the ranks of the pro dance world, racking up national titles, they competed against each other but never teamed up professionally or romantically. Says Karina: "I was giving him time to grow up." Laments Maks: "I was
always little 'Maksusha'to her. I was a boy-I wasn't a man-for Karina."