Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez is Miss USA 2014!

Posted Monday June 9, 2014 7:29 AM GMT

She’s no stranger to kicking down competition and Nia Sanchez used her taekwondo tenacity to emerge victorious at the Miss USA 2014 pageant on Sunday night (June 8).

The 24-year-old Miss Nevada champ managed to defeat 50 beauty queens from around the nation when everything got underway at Louisiana’s Baton Rouge Civic Center.

Meanwhile, Miss North Dakota Audra Mari finished in the First Runner-Up position and will fulfill Sanchez’s duties should the need arise.

Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady of South Glastonbury, Connecticut also attended the event and handed off her crown to Nia during the emotional announcement.

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