Miss USA 2001
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Miss USA 2001, the 50th Miss USA pageant, was held at the Genesis Convention Center in Gary, Indiana on March 2, 2001. The event was won by Kandace Krueger of Texas, who was crowned by outgoing queen Lynnette Cole of Tennessee.
|Miss USA 2001|
Miss USA 2001 Kandace Krueger
|Date||March 2, 2001|
|Venue||Genesis Convention Center, Gary, Indiana|
The pageant was held in Gary for the first time, at the Genesis Convention Center, and was held in early March for the first time in two years, after being held in Branson, Missouri from 1999 to 2000 in early February. This became only the second time in seven years that a Miss Teen USA state delegate did not win or inherit the Miss USA title.
William Shatner hosted the event for the only time, and color commentary was provided by Tommy Davidson, Vanessa Minnillo, Miss Teen USA 1998 and Lara Dutta, the reigning Miss Universe. Entertainment was provided by Lara Fabian, Evan and Jaron and The Warren Brothers.
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|Clairol Natural Instincts Style Award||
Final competition scoresEdit
The Miss USA 2001 delegates were:
- Alabama - Laura Hoffman
- Alaska - Ivette Fernandez
- Arizona - Tasha Dixon
- Arkansas - Jessie Davis
- California - Jennifer Glover
- Colorado - Katee Doland
- Connecticut - Amy Vanderoef
- Delaware - Stacey Smith
- District of Columbia - Liane Angus
- Florida - Julie Donaldson
- Georgia - Tiffany Fallon
- Hawaii - Christy Leonard
- Idaho - Elizabeth Barchas
- Illinois - Rebecca Ambrosi
- Indiana - Sarah McClary
- Iowa - Clarissa Kroese
- Kansas - Kristie Knox
- Kentucky - Jo Pritchard
- Louisiana - Heather Hayden
- Maine - Melissa Bard
- Maryland - Megan Gunning
- Massachusetts - Dana Powell
- Michigan - Kenya Howard
- Minnesota - Anne Clausen
- Mississippi - Melanie Vaughn
- Missouri - Larissa Meek
- Montana - CaCe Hardy
- Nebraska - Sujoing Drakeford
- Nevada - Gina Giacinto
- New Hampshire - Melissa Robbins
- New Jersey - Jeanette Josue
- New Mexico - Jennifer Adams
- New York - Lisa Pavlakis
- North Carolina - Monica Palumbo
- North Dakota - Michelle Guthmiller
- Ohio - Amanda Canary
- Oklahoma - Cortney Phillips
- Oregon - Endia Li Abrante
- Pennsylvania - Jennifer Watkins
- Rhode Island - Yanaiza Alvarez
- South Carolina - Candace Richards
- South Dakota - Beth Lovro
- Tennessee - Lisa Tollett
- Texas - Kandace Krueger
- Utah - Tiffany Seaman
- Vermont - Katy Johnson
- Virginia - Kristel Jenkins
- Washington - Bre Sakas
- West Virginia - Karen Long
- Wisconsin - Kari Jo Dodge
- Wyoming - Heather Jackelen
- Texas wins competition for the eighth time.
- District of Columbia earns the 1st runner-up position for the second time. The last time it placed this was in 1963. Also reaches its highest placement since 1984.
- Georgia earns the 2nd runner-up position for the third time. The last time it placed this was in 1988. Also had its highest placement since 1993.
- Missouri finishes as Top 5 for the first time. Also had its highest placement since 1998.
- Nevada finishes as Top 5 for the first time. Also had its highest placement since 1977.
- States that placed in semifinals the previous year were Georgia, Michigan and Tennessee.
- Michigan placed for the fourth consecutive year.
- Tennessee placed for the third consecutive year.
- Georgia made its second consecutive placement.
- Oklahoma last placed in 1999.
- Missouri and Texas last placed in 1998.
- Rhode Island last placed in 1997.
- District of Columbia last placed in 1990.
- Oregon last placed in 1991.
- Nevada last placed in 1987.
- New York and South Carolina break an ongoing streak of placements since 1999.
Seven delegates had previously competed in either the Miss Teen USA or Miss America pageants and four delegates would later win a Miss America state title. Two of those who competed at Miss USA 2001, Katee Doland and Elizabeth Barchas, later became Triple Crown winners, for holding state titles for Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss America
Delegates who had previously held a Miss Teen USA state title were:
- Sarah McClary (Indiana) - Miss Indiana Teen USA 1995
- Kristel Jenkins (Virginia) - Miss Virginia Teen USA 1995
- Larissa Meek (Missouri) - Miss Missouri Teen USA 1997
- Elizabeth Barchas (Idaho) - Miss Idaho Teen USA 1998
Delegates who had previously held a Miss America state title or would later win one were:
- Became Kenya Bell after marrying NBA player Charlie Bell. C.f. Weir, Tom (May 3, 2011). "Ex-Beauty Queen Accused of Assault on Warriors Guard". USA Today.