Gold Medal Manicures

You may have noticed some of your favorite Olympic athletes sporting some seriously fashionable nails in London and wondered whether that was some freak coincidence. Nail art is certainly the top beauty trend of 2012, so much so that it found its way to the world's premier sporting event where manicures would usually be the furthest thing from people's minds. Olympians competing in sports from archery to weightlifting are getting noticed for more than their athleticism. Instead of asking, "How did they do that?" everyone is wondering, "Who did their nails?"

For London 2012, London-based nail artist Sophy Robson teamed up with P&G to provide competing athletes with nail services at the Olympic Village in Stratford. Robson and her team of nail artists, collectively known as NailPorn, have become an overnight success, performing 10-15 manicures per person, per day at the Olympics. With 207 different nail designs to choose from, the nail techs report that the majority of athletes choose to have their national flag painted on their nails.


Canadian Soccer Player Robyn Gayle, right, gets her nails done
at the Athletes’ Village at the Olympic Park in London.


Robson's work has made the rounds at the Olympics as world-class athletes compete with manicures worthy of a gold medal. Check out some photos of 2012 Olympians and their patriotic polish:


British Swimmer Rebecca Adlington


British Archer Amy Oliver


French Basketball Player Emmeline Ndongue


USA Swimmer Missy Franklin




German Cyclist Kristina Vogel


Colombian Swimmer Carolina Colorado Henao


USA Tennis Star Venus Williams


Mexican Archer Aida Roman


Lithuanian Swimmer Ruta Meilulyte



Japanese Badminton Player Reiko Shiota


Mexican Weightlifter Luz Mercedes


Which Olympian's nails are your favorite?

XO,

The Style Ref

1 comment:

  1. Of course I like the USA ones, but the German one is pretty badass!

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