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Olympic Memories: Paul Barlow and Paul Cheng

Olympic Memories: Paul Barlow and Paul Cheng


Paul Cheng and Paul Barlow (minus the jacket)
Paul Cheng at the Richmond Olympic Oval (Circa 2010) and Paul Barlow (minus the jacket)

For this installment in our Olympic Memories series, we revisit the 2010 Winter Olympic Games by asking a couple of TransLink employees about their experiences moving the world four years ago! Both Paul’s worked near the Richmond O Zone during the Games. Paul Barlow is a Director of Risk Management and Paul Cheng is a Transportation Demand Management Officer for TransLink.

What did you do as an employee during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games?

Paul B: I was a Host Coordinator in Richmond working the Canada Line.

Paul C: I was working at the Richmond Canada Line Stations, mainly at Richmond-Brighouse. I spent most of my time giving directions to the Richmond Oval or to the O Zone, and providing information about our transit system and the Olympics.

What did you love most about your Olympic experience?

Paul B:  Simply put, the people. Everyone was in a good mood. At the end of the Games a young man asked for my official TransLink staff Winter Olympic Jacket. I though, “What the heck am I going to do with this now that the games are through?” So, I gave him my jacket. He’s was really surprised and very happy. Like I said, everyone was in a good mood at the Games!

Paul C's ticket to Canada's gold medal winning event!
Paul C’s ticket to Canada’s gold medal winning event!

Paul C:

I just loved being able to be a part of the Olympics. I loved interacting with people from all over the globe. I met people from the Netherlands, Japan, Korea, Germany, and a lot more other countries. Everyone was so friendly and accommodating. Hearing all the positive feedback from visitors about our service was very satisfying.

I had so many highlights during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. I was in the Olympic Oval when Christine Nesbitt won the gold medal for the Women’s 1000m event. I was celebrating with other Canadians in the building. It was such a great experience being able to share the excitement with other Canadians.

I got the chance to meet Jennifer Heil, the Olympic Gold Medalist from women’s Moguls. I visited so many different pavilions, tried a variety of different cuisines, and got a small taste of different cultures.

I was at the Swiss House when Switzerland was awarded two gold medals at two separate events within a span of a few hours. It was a great experience just being inside the building when it happened.




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