Elena is originally from Republic of Bashkortostan and was brought up in Tumen, Siberian Russia.
She moved to the US in 1992 and seven years later met Nick Kosovich. They represented Australia until 2003 and US thereafter.
Elena and Nick got married in 2004 and won US and World Professional Smooth championships. These days beside busy teaching schedule the couple run costume manufacturing business LENIQUE in LA, making costume for top dance couples and Olympic figure skaters.