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Meet Talyah Polee: Could She Be First Miss Colorado to Win Miss USA Pageant?

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Three Colorado women have won the Miss America pageant: Sharon Ritchie in 1956, Marilyn Van Derbur in 1958 and Rebecca Ann King in 1974.

However, no one from the state has been named Miss USA, even though the competition has been held since 1952.

Could Talyah Polee break the streak a few weeks from now?

She certainly made a splash when accepting the crown last October, as you can see in this clip.....

...and her background hardly conforms to the stereotypes most associate with beauty pageant contestants. She was a world-class track-and-field heptathlete at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, completing in events such as the high jump....

...the javelin throw....

...and the shot put.

According to 9News, she's using her sports expertise for charitable purposes, working with the Senior Olympic Games and Hoops for St. Jude's Foundation — and she's currently interning for the NBA Summer League.

Obviously, she knows a little something about competition — and even if she doesn't win, we feel confident she could kick the ass of whoever takes the crown instead of her.

The Miss USA pageant takes place on July 12. Learn more about Polee from her appearance on Colorado & Company.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

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