SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 17:  A coach walks down a tunnel as the race is delayed due to fog and poor visibility at the Men's 15 km Mass Start during day 10 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 17, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

“The story at the Olympics today, particularly in the mountains, has been the weather. High temperatures have caused some issues throughout the games, but the last two days have been plagued with thick fog over the mountains in Krasnaya Polyana. With several events being delayed and then postponed to the following days due to fog, this image of a coach carrying equipment down the stairs away from the venue captures the mood quite well. He’s walking alone, with his head hanging down, which communicates the frustration that we all feel during these fog delays.”

Getty Images Photographer Richard Heathcote has shot several Olympic Games. Based in England, in addition to winter sports, Richard shoots rugby, rowing, football and cricket. All Getty Images photographers in Sochi are sports specialists. They will shoot approximately one million images in Sochi, of which around 50,000 will be distributed worldwide, often in a matter of seconds.

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The 2014 Winter Olympics, will take place from 6 to 23 February 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Since 1988, Getty Images has been the Authorised Photo Agency for the IOC. Our coverage began with the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, while our archival Olympic imagery goes back over one hundred years.

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