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Nail Art Gets an Olympic Gold

by NLS Staff | August 6, 2012
<p>Rebecca Adlington, a swimmer on the Great Britain Olympic team, is wearing nail art by Minx Nails.</p>

Rebecca Adlington, a swimmer on the Great Britain Olympic team, is wearing nail art by Minx Nails.

<p>Gladys Torres is a nail tech at The Nail Factory in Orange, Mass.</p>

Gladys Torres is a nail tech at The Nail Factory in Orange, Mass.

<p>Before winning gold for the US in the 400m track and field event, Sanya Richards-Ross tweeted this photo of her patriotic nails. Photo from Twitter.</p>

Before winning gold for the US in the 400m track and field event, Sanya Richards-Ross tweeted this photo of her patriotic nails. Photo from Twitter.

<p>Team GB gymnast Lynne Hutchison tweeted this photo of her golden flag nails. Photo from Twitter.&nbsp;</p>

Team GB gymnast Lynne Hutchison tweeted this photo of her golden flag nails. Photo from Twitter. 

<p>Missy Franklin is competing on the United States team as a swimmer. Photo from Twitter.</p>

Missy Franklin is competing on the United States team as a swimmer. Photo from Twitter.

<p>Zara Dampney is a beach volleyball player who is playing for the Great Britain team. Photo from Twitter.</p>

Zara Dampney is a beach volleyball player who is playing for the Great Britain team. Photo from Twitter.

<p>Aussie slalom kayaker Jess Fox posted her green and gold kangaroo nail art on her Twitter page. Photo from Twitter.</p>

Aussie slalom kayaker Jess Fox posted her green and gold kangaroo nail art on her Twitter page. Photo from Twitter.

<p>Amy Oliver is an archer on the Great Britain team.</p>

Amy Oliver is an archer on the Great Britain team.

<p>Destinee Hooker is a volleyball player on the United States team.</p>

Destinee Hooker is a volleyball player on the United States team.

<p>Team GB tennis star Laura Robson (she won a silver medal in mixed doubles with partner Andy Murray) posted this pic on Twitter with the words, "So ready for the Olympics to start!"</p>

Team GB tennis star Laura Robson (she won a silver medal in mixed doubles with partner Andy Murray) posted this pic on Twitter with the words, "So ready for the Olympics to start!"

<p>USA Shooter Amanda Furrer tweeted this patriotic pic before the games, saying, "I told my friend Kristen at Touch of Class Nails, "make sure to shorten those two nails so I can pick up my bullets." Photo from Twitter.</p>

USA Shooter Amanda Furrer tweeted this patriotic pic before the games, saying, "I told my friend Kristen at Touch of Class Nails, "make sure to shorten those two nails so I can pick up my bullets." Photo from Twitter.

<p>Caroline Queen is a kayaker on the United States team.</p>

Caroline Queen is a kayaker on the United States team.

<p>Luz Mercedes is a weightlifter on the Mexico team.</p>

Luz Mercedes is a weightlifter on the Mexico team.

<p>Rower&nbsp;Constanze Siering from the German team wears Minx nail art.</p>

Rower Constanze Siering from the German team wears Minx nail art.

<p>Rachel Shuttleworth is a nail tech at Betty-rose Beauty Botique in Nelson, United Kingdom.</p>

Rachel Shuttleworth is a nail tech at Betty-rose Beauty Botique in Nelson, United Kingdom.

<p>These Minx flags were created in preparation for the London games.</p>

These Minx flags were created in preparation for the London games.

<p>Stephanie Duran is a nail tech at Nails2Match in San Mateo, Calif.</p>

Stephanie Duran is a nail tech at Nails2Match in San Mateo, Calif.

<p>Rachel gribble is a freelance nail and beauty educator working for The Art of Nails and is from South West United Kingdom.</p>

Rachel gribble is a freelance nail and beauty educator working for The Art of Nails and is from South West United Kingdom.

<p>Rachel Dishman created these Olympics inspired nails.</p>

Rachel Dishman created these Olympics inspired nails.

<p>Penny Lawler is a nail artist and educator at Monaco Nail Artists Ltd.</p>

Penny Lawler is a nail artist and educator at Monaco Nail Artists Ltd.

<p>Nancy Som and Juliet Ansotigue are nail techs at Dipped Nails in Redondo Beach, Calif.</p>

Nancy Som and Juliet Ansotigue are nail techs at Dipped Nails in Redondo Beach, Calif.

<p>Nancy Som and Juliet Ansotigue are nail techs at Dipped Nails in Redondo Beach, Calif.</p>

Nancy Som and Juliet Ansotigue are nail techs at Dipped Nails in Redondo Beach, Calif.

<p>Nancy Som and Juliet Ansotigue are nail techs at Dipped Nails in Redondo Beach, Calif.</p>

Nancy Som and Juliet Ansotigue are nail techs at Dipped Nails in Redondo Beach, Calif.

<p>Marcelle Tuckley is a nail tech at NaiL ArtZ in Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom.</p>

Marcelle Tuckley is a nail tech at NaiL ArtZ in Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom.

<p>Lauren Sinclair is a nail tech in Chesterfield, United Kingdom.</p>

Lauren Sinclair is a nail tech in Chesterfield, United Kingdom.

<p>Kathleen M. M. Ringwood-Wood is a nail tech at My Nails Rock! in poughkeepsie, N.Y.</p>

Kathleen M. M. Ringwood-Wood is a nail tech at My Nails Rock! in poughkeepsie, N.Y.

<p>Kathleen M. M. Ringwood-Wood is a nail tech at My Nails Rock! in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.</p>

Kathleen M. M. Ringwood-Wood is a nail tech at My Nails Rock! in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

<p>Jessica Vero is a nail tech at Jessica Vero Nail Design in Richmond, British Columbia.</p>

Jessica Vero is a nail tech at Jessica Vero Nail Design in Richmond, British Columbia.

<p>This design is by nail tech Jenny Pasha.</p>

This design is by nail tech Jenny Pasha.

<p>This design is by nail tech Helen Hill.</p>

This design is by nail tech Helen Hill.

<p>Bonnie-Leigh Curtis is a nail tech from Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom.</p>

Bonnie-Leigh Curtis is a nail tech from Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom.

<p>Nail tech Ashley Hardiman created this design.</p>

Nail tech Ashley Hardiman created this design.

<p>Ana Karapova is a nail tech at HairColorXperts in Las Vegas, Nev.</p>

Ana Karapova is a nail tech at HairColorXperts in Las Vegas, Nev.

<p>Angel Smith is a nail tech at Angel's Touch in Duxbury, Mass.</p>

Angel Smith is a nail tech at Angel's Touch in Duxbury, Mass.

<p>Angel Smith is a nail tech at Angel's Touch in Duxbury, Mass.</p>

Angel Smith is a nail tech at Angel's Touch in Duxbury, Mass.

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<p>Rebecca Adlington, a swimmer on the Great Britain Olympic team, is wearing nail art by Minx Nails.</p>
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Rebecca Adlington, a swimmer on the Great Britain Olympic team, is wearing nail art by Minx Nails.

<p>Gladys Torres is a nail tech at The Nail Factory in Orange, Mass.</p>
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Gladys Torres is a nail tech at The Nail Factory in Orange, Mass.

<p>Before winning gold for the US in the 400m track and field event, Sanya Richards-Ross tweeted this photo of her patriotic nails. Photo from Twitter.</p>
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Before winning gold for the US in the 400m track and field event, Sanya Richards-Ross tweeted this photo of her patriotic nails. Photo from Twitter.

<p>Team GB gymnast Lynne Hutchison tweeted this photo of her golden flag nails. Photo from Twitter.&nbsp;</p>
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Team GB gymnast Lynne Hutchison tweeted this photo of her golden flag nails. Photo from Twitter. 

<p>Missy Franklin is competing on the United States team as a swimmer. Photo from Twitter.</p>
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Missy Franklin is competing on the United States team as a swimmer. Photo from Twitter.

<p>Zara Dampney is a beach volleyball player who is playing for the Great Britain team. Photo from Twitter.</p>
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Zara Dampney is a beach volleyball player who is playing for the Great Britain team. Photo from Twitter.

<p>Aussie slalom kayaker Jess Fox posted her green and gold kangaroo nail art on her Twitter page. Photo from Twitter.</p>
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Aussie slalom kayaker Jess Fox posted her green and gold kangaroo nail art on her Twitter page. Photo from Twitter.

<p>Amy Oliver is an archer on the Great Britain team.</p>
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Amy Oliver is an archer on the Great Britain team.

<p>Destinee Hooker is a volleyball player on the United States team.</p>
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Destinee Hooker is a volleyball player on the United States team.

<p>Team GB tennis star Laura Robson (she won a silver medal in mixed doubles with partner Andy Murray) posted this pic on Twitter with the words, "So ready for the Olympics to start!"</p>
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Team GB tennis star Laura Robson (she won a silver medal in mixed doubles with partner Andy Murray) posted this pic on Twitter with the words, "So ready for the Olympics to start!"

<p>USA Shooter Amanda Furrer tweeted this patriotic pic before the games, saying, "I told my friend Kristen at Touch of Class Nails, "make sure to shorten those two nails so I can pick up my bullets." Photo from Twitter.</p>
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USA Shooter Amanda Furrer tweeted this patriotic pic before the games, saying, "I told my friend Kristen at Touch of Class Nails, "make sure to shorten those two nails so I can pick up my bullets." Photo from Twitter.

<p>Caroline Queen is a kayaker on the United States team.</p>
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Caroline Queen is a kayaker on the United States team.

<p>Luz Mercedes is a weightlifter on the Mexico team.</p>
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Luz Mercedes is a weightlifter on the Mexico team.

<p>Rower&nbsp;Constanze Siering from the German team wears Minx nail art.</p>
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Rower Constanze Siering from the German team wears Minx nail art.

<p>Rachel Shuttleworth is a nail tech at Betty-rose Beauty Botique in Nelson, United Kingdom.</p>
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Rachel Shuttleworth is a nail tech at Betty-rose Beauty Botique in Nelson, United Kingdom.

<p>These Minx flags were created in preparation for the London games.</p>
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These Minx flags were created in preparation for the London games.

<p>Stephanie Duran is a nail tech at Nails2Match in San Mateo, Calif.</p>
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Stephanie Duran is a nail tech at Nails2Match in San Mateo, Calif.

<p>Rachel gribble is a freelance nail and beauty educator working for The Art of Nails and is from South West United Kingdom.</p>
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Rachel gribble is a freelance nail and beauty educator working for The Art of Nails and is from South West United Kingdom.

<p>Rachel Dishman created these Olympics inspired nails.</p>
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Rachel Dishman created these Olympics inspired nails.

<p>Penny Lawler is a nail artist and educator at Monaco Nail Artists Ltd.</p>
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Penny Lawler is a nail artist and educator at Monaco Nail Artists Ltd.

<p>Nancy Som and Juliet Ansotigue are nail techs at Dipped Nails in Redondo Beach, Calif.</p>
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Nancy Som and Juliet Ansotigue are nail techs at Dipped Nails in Redondo Beach, Calif.

<p>Nancy Som and Juliet Ansotigue are nail techs at Dipped Nails in Redondo Beach, Calif.</p>
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Nancy Som and Juliet Ansotigue are nail techs at Dipped Nails in Redondo Beach, Calif.

<p>Nancy Som and Juliet Ansotigue are nail techs at Dipped Nails in Redondo Beach, Calif.</p>
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Nancy Som and Juliet Ansotigue are nail techs at Dipped Nails in Redondo Beach, Calif.

<p>Marcelle Tuckley is a nail tech at NaiL ArtZ in Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom.</p>
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Marcelle Tuckley is a nail tech at NaiL ArtZ in Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom.

<p>Lauren Sinclair is a nail tech in Chesterfield, United Kingdom.</p>
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Lauren Sinclair is a nail tech in Chesterfield, United Kingdom.

<p>Kathleen M. M. Ringwood-Wood is a nail tech at My Nails Rock! in poughkeepsie, N.Y.</p>
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Kathleen M. M. Ringwood-Wood is a nail tech at My Nails Rock! in poughkeepsie, N.Y.

<p>Kathleen M. M. Ringwood-Wood is a nail tech at My Nails Rock! in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.</p>
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Kathleen M. M. Ringwood-Wood is a nail tech at My Nails Rock! in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

<p>Jessica Vero is a nail tech at Jessica Vero Nail Design in Richmond, British Columbia.</p>
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Jessica Vero is a nail tech at Jessica Vero Nail Design in Richmond, British Columbia.

<p>This design is by nail tech Jenny Pasha.</p>
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This design is by nail tech Jenny Pasha.

<p>This design is by nail tech Helen Hill.</p>
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This design is by nail tech Helen Hill.

<p>Bonnie-Leigh Curtis is a nail tech from Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom.</p>
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Bonnie-Leigh Curtis is a nail tech from Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom.

<p>Nail tech Ashley Hardiman created this design.</p>
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Nail tech Ashley Hardiman created this design.

<p>Ana Karapova is a nail tech at HairColorXperts in Las Vegas, Nev.</p>
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Ana Karapova is a nail tech at HairColorXperts in Las Vegas, Nev.

<p>Angel Smith is a nail tech at Angel's Touch in Duxbury, Mass.</p>
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Angel Smith is a nail tech at Angel's Touch in Duxbury, Mass.

<p>Angel Smith is a nail tech at Angel's Touch in Duxbury, Mass.</p>
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Angel Smith is a nail tech at Angel's Touch in Duxbury, Mass.

Many of the athletes at the London Olympics are expressing their patriotism -- and their personal style -- through their nail art. As they compete for gold, silver and bronze medals, many Olympians are sporting flags, their country colors, and even the Olympic rings on their nails. With the growing popularity of nail art all over, photographers have been focusing their lenses in on the athletes' hands (and feet) for those closeup nail art shots. And the athletes themselves have taken to Twitter to post their own patriotic (nail art) pride for the whole world to see.

Swimmers, archers, beach volleyball players, track and field athletes, rowers, you name it and we've seen it on their hands. It's such a cool way to express your own personal style while going for gold.

There are a number of salons set up to cater to the athletes and their familes, including several P&G-sponsored salons. P&G spokesperson Catherine McMahon told TODAY.com, “We are expecting to deliver 25,000 treatments by the end of the games.”  She also noted that the U.S. flag is the most requested, followed by Great Britain, Canada, and Australia.

In addition to the athletes, we've received plenty of Olympics-inspired nail art directly from nail techs around the world. Here's a gallery (we'll be adding to it as we get more photos) of some of the Olympians' nails as well as Olympics-inspired art from your fellow nail techs.

We've also created an Olympic Nail Art board on Pinterest to inspire you. And even more great Olympic nail art can be found at Jezebel, People, and Elle.

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