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Cleaners converge for the 2012 Housekeeping Olympics

October 5, 2012

RENO, NV — The biggest little city in the world came to life earlier this week as housekeepers converged in the plaza at Harrah’s Reno for the 2012 Housekeeping Olympics, according to KOLO-TV.

The best of the best from hotels, casinos, resorts and healthcare facilities across the greater Reno area — the total number of proud establishments represented equaling a baker’s dozen — eagerly showed off their cleaning skills in hopes of bringing home the gold, the story stated.Trophy

Mark Lucas, housekeeping training supervisor for the Grand Sierra Resort, said, “It shows our housekeeping staff that they're supported by the hotel industry because they're probably the most important ones in the hotel.”

The games were comprised of four different events, including a dry mop relay; am upright vacuum race; a johnny mop ski ball toss; and a buffer pad ring toss, the story noted.

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According to the story, winning is always nice, and hoisting a gold trophy is certainly a sense of pride, but the competitors’ main objective was to have fun and promote camaraderie.

The overall winner of the 2012 Housekeeping Olympics was Circus Circus, and first place finishers in each event were: Harrah’s, upright vacuum race; Grand Sierra Resort, buffer pad ring toss; Circus Circus, johnny mop ski ball toss; Circus Circus, dry mop relay.

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Have you or your employees ever competed in an event like this? What types of teambuilding exercises do you hold for workers under your supervision?