- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The woman who won Miss Nevada USA and then Miss USA 2014 paid a visit to the state capital she struggled to name shortly after winning the crown.

Twenty-four-year-old Nia Sanchez took a tour of the capitol building in Carson City on Wednesday and met briefly with Gov. Brian Sandoval, who told her the state is proud of her. Carson High School cheerleaders and Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell also greeted her.

Sanchez said she moved to Las Vegas in late 2012 and in June became the first Miss Nevada USA to win the Miss USA pageant.

But she was criticized after a radio show host asked her to name the capital of Nevada and she drew a blank.

Sanchez is on an official Nevada homecoming tour this week.

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