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Athletes Love Nail Art at the 2012 London Olympics

Destinee Hooker USA London Olympics Nails
USA Volleyball player Destinee Hooker. Photo credit: Jeff Roberson/AP

Over the years, we’ve seen a few select athletes sport well-manicured tips at the Games, but I can’t be the only one who has noticed a sudden influx of nail art in all sorts of designs and colors for the 2012 London Olympics.

So what exactly changed between the Beijing Olympics and now?

The answer came, surprisingly, from The Wall Street Journal. (Yes, The Wall-freaking Street Journal.)

“Salons built inside the Olympic Village and another in central London are cranking out killer nails at no cost.”

FREE nail art for the athletes? Who wouldn’t get their nails done in between workouts and games? Bonus points if they get to display the colorful tips holding a medal.

This is such an ingenious idea that I’m almost willing to forgive them for their less-than-thrilling opening ceremony. Almost.

Never mind that this piece of info coming from the WSJ is as odd to me as if TMZ were to cover the Libor financial crisis, I found out other news sites that normally never focus on beauty, much less nails, were all over these nails as well.

I’m in awe of the nails (and photos) below!

Mexico's Luz Mercedes Acosta Valdez London Olympics Nail Art
Mexico’s weightlifter Luz Mercedes Acosta Valdez. Badass photo. Credit: Yuri Cortez/AFP


Maria Laura Abalo Argentina London Olympics Nail Art
Maria Laura Abalo of Argentina rowing. Credit: Rainer Jensen/European Pressphoto Agency


 Rebecca Adlington Great Britain London Olympics Union Jack Nails
Rebecca Adlington’s patriotic nails with her medal and smile. Credit: Patrick B. Kraemer/EPA


Delphine Reau France London Olympics Nail Art
True French tips from Delphine Reau of France trapshooting Credit: Marwan Naamani/AFP


Suzana Jacobos Hungary London Olympics Nail Art
Hungarian swimmer Suzana Jacobos. Credit: Christophe Simon/AFP

I wonder if longer nails mean faster swimming.

You know, with the nails acting as mini oars… :D

See any you like?

7 Responses to Athletes Love Nail Art at the 2012 London Olympics

  1. Mini oars! Hilarious. :D I love the Union Jack nails on Rebecca Adlington. Way to represent your country in the games!

  2. I think it is awesome that female athletes are able to show off their
    nails! It is a great marketing tool for themselves and the country
    they represent. As for WSJ… they just need an article related to
    the biggest news… but kudos for thinking outside the box. haha

  3. Not just any salons either–the nails are being designed/done by Sophy Robson and her manicurists. Sophy is like a nail art and manicuring rock star; she has tons of fashion show and magazine credits. Here’s an interview about the Olympic nail art on her tumblr: http://sosoflynails.tumblr.com/post/28788511823/isis-nicole-source-mtv-style-not-by-me-so . I love the Olympics and I think it’s super awesome to see all the great nails.

What say you?