Nails of US swimmers Elizabeth Beisel and Allison Schmitt
Throughout the Olympics it was impossible not to notice the craze of nail art at the Olympics. Female athletes from around the world were showing their pride and individuality with exciting, interesting and colourful nail art. We first noticed gold medal winner Missy Franklin’s multi-coloured red and gold nails, but the trend didn’t stop there.
US Swimmer Missy Franklin
Nail art itself has become a huge trend thanks to the likes of our favourite celebs sporting wild nails and posting pictures of them on Twitter. Thanks to easy at home nail kits and appliqués getting this nail art has never been easier, but the Olympic games doesn’t usually spring beauty trends to mind.
Italian swimmer Stefania Pirozzi
A big reason why you are seeing so many funky nails in London is that Olympic sponsors P&G have opened four salons for the athletes and their families during the games. This allows the busy competitors to relax and get their nails done with the colours of their flag, the Olympic rings or multi-hued manicures.
British gymnast Jennifer Pinches
At one time long nails were banned at the Olympics. In the 80’s, Florence Griffith-Joyner wasn’t allowed to participate in the US sprint-relay because they thought her long nails would interfere. Now it’s not seen as a problem as long as it isn’t interfering with their performance. This is one way for the athletes to really express themselves. We love seeing all of the originality of the athletes.
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