You may or may not know that Miss USA wasn't our first national pageant! Susie competed at Miss Teen USA in 1998 and I competed at Miss America in 2002. NEITHER of us even placed in the semi-finals. But what we learned from that, we then applied to our quests for Miss USA and it helped take us all the way! So sometimes losses aren't so bad... as long as you learn from them and are better the next time!