Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff ‘Have Something Special’

Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff

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updated 05/10/2011 AT 2:00 PM ET

originally published 05/10/2011 AT 2:30 PM ET

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Ralph Macchio isn’t letting an injury bring him down.

Despite suffering from a ruptured knee cyst, Macchio, 49, is still having a good time on Dancing with the Stars.

“From the fans’ perspective, from my perspective, and my relationship with Karina [Smirnoff] and my family, [this experience has] been golden,” he told PEOPLE backstage after Monday night’s show. “Obviously, if you don’t like your partner, I don’t know how you do this. But we have something special.”

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