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Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez was crowned Miss USA 2014 on Sunday, The Associated Press reports.

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The fourth-degree taekwondo black belt beat out first runner-up Miss North Dakota Audra Mari. During the interview portion of the competition,  Sanchez discussed the importance of women being able to defend themselves when asked about the high rate of sexual assaults on campus.

Sanchez will go on to compete at the Miss Universe pageant later this year.

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