The national competition will be held in June of 2017.
Litvinenko, 26, a graduate of Syracuse University, runs her own marketing, event-planning and management business. Her path to the beauty circuit came as a result of a sporting injury. She was playing basketball and tore a ligament. “I was a basketball player and couldn’t play basketball. I got one of those direct mail notifications saying come join the pageant. I decided to give it a try, and lo and behold, I ended up winning,” she said.
She earned the title of Miss Connecticut Teen USA in 2007 when she was a junior at Greenwich High School.
Olga Litvinenko, Miss Connecticut USA 2017
Despite a number of semi-finals placements in the 1960s, Connecticut is overall one of the least successful states at Miss USA. From 1969 until 2002, not one Miss Connecticut USA had placed at the national competition. In 2002, this spell was broken by Alita Dawson, who placed 4th runner-up.
Erin Brady of East Hampton became the first Miss USA ever from the state of Connecticut when she was crowned Miss USA 2013.