I was a Housekeeping Olympics first-timer. This event, so quintessentially Vegas, pits the housekeeping teams of all the major casino-hotels against each other in feats of strength, dexterity, speed and spirit. Cheering, costumed teams packed the stands to root for their casinos. There were cheerleaders, mascots and pom poms everywhere. The focus of the athletes was fierce. After watching the intense competition -- flourishes of bed making, intense vacuum cord winding, and blindfolded buffer toss -- I left with a deep admiration for those who keep this town looking shiny and new, day in and day out. And for anyone who's keeping track, the Mirage upset three time champion Mandalay Bay.