At the first ever GondOlympics in Providence, Rhode Island,
there were several events.
Here are the top three finishers in the Sprint Competition.
This was a head-to-head contest using two boats.
The course was approximately 100 meters long.
Gondoliers raced each other in heats
and as the guidelines stated "if you win, you move on."
From left to right we see:
Steve Bruno of Gondola di Venezia in Boston: second place
Tim Reinard from Sunset Gondola in California: first place
and Greg Coffey of La Gondola in Providence: third place
Instead of trophies or flags, the organizers of the event chose to go a little more traditional, awarding laurels similar to those placed on the heads of Olympians in ancient Greece.
Congratulations to all who competed.