Paint your nails like an Olympian

Colombian swimmer Carolina Colorado Henao wears nail polish in the colors of the British and Colombian flags during a practice session at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)

The nails of Laura Robson of Great Britain are painted with colors of the Union Flag as she plays against Lucie Safarova at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in London, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

French swimmer Coralie Balmy wears nail polish in the colors of the national flag as she prepares for a practice session at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)

What do I love more than watching Team USA take gold at the Olympics? Olympic style — specifically the nail art that is coloring the London games.

Olympians (including Missy Franklin, who tweeted a photo of her red, white and blue mani and pedi) have broken away from only showing support with a uniform. Now, an athlete’s home country can be identified by the flags painted delicately on their fingers and toes.

Most popular nail designs this year incorporate British flags, for the site of the 2012 Olympics, a home flag and the Olympic rings.

My Olympic nail pick is Colombian swimmer Carolina Colorado Henao, who wore the beautiful colors of the Colombian flag on most nails and a touch of London spirit on her thumbs.

If you want nails like the athletes, check out the how-to video below. Also, look at ideas from The Style Ref on how to make your nails cheer for Team USA.

Ashley May

FlipSide editor. York County native. Fashion enthusiast. Social media junkie. I take my lattes with soy and whip. Follow me on Twitter @ashleymaytweets.

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  1. August 11, 2012

    [...] Keep your hands busy while keeping an eye on the Olympics: Here are a few ideas for Olympic-themed nail art. [...]

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