Clawing Your Way to the Top: Nail Art Inspired by the London Olympics

Published in: Just For Fun, Nails

Source: The Polished Mommy

Trying to get good looks at the stylin’ manis and pedis on the female athletes at the 2012 Olympics in London is like a sport in and of itself! One minute I’m rooting for Dana Vollmer to break the world record in the 100-meter butterfly, next minute I’m screaming “Pan down! Pan down! Pan down!” at the TV to see her fierce fingers and toes.

Poor El Hub… Thank goodness I married a man with the patience to sit through my long, drawn out soliloquies on nail art and other beauty trends in international athletics, LOL!

And the athletes aren’t the only ones getting in on the action. People around the world are celebrating the London Olympics with their own gold medal-worthy manis.

Here’s a look at some of them. If you’ve seen others that you really like, please share them in the comments. :)

Source: The Daily Nail Blog

Source: 10 Blank Canvases

Source: The Daily Nail Blog

Source: London Evening Standard

Source: London Evening Standard

Source: London Evening Standard

Source: London Evening Standard

Source: London Evening Standard

Source: Nail Hart

Source: Fashionista

Source: Telegraph

Source: Bridge.jpn

Source: The Daily Varnish

Source: The Daily Varnish

Source: The Crumpet


Source: People

Source: People

Source: People

Source: People

Source: Nails Mag

Source: Jeux Olympiques 2012

Source: Nail Days

Source: Urban Bliss Therapy on Facebook

Source: Kathleen’s Corner

Source: Kathleen’s Corner

Source: She Knows

Source: She Knows

Source: She Knows

Source: Blak Nails

Source: The Nailasaurus

Source: The Nailasaurus

Source: Nail Art and Things

Source: Pack A Punch Polish

Source: My Fat Pocket

Source: Hot Beauty Health

Source: The Mock Turtle

Source: AP Nail on Flickr

Source: Glowstars

Source: The Nail Pro

Source: Gatita’s Nail Art

Coewless Nail Polish Blog
Source: Coewless Nail Polish Blog

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  1. Ruchita says:

    Wow, these are some amazing and creative manicures!

    P.S. I was at the store during my lunch hour today and got my paws on the L’Oreal Infallible gel liner. Looking forward trying it!

  2. Pooja@IBC says:

    WOW!!! what a stunning compilation! I loved the the Nailasaurus’s Manis really immaculate !

  3. Tennyoceres says:

    I blame this on Flo Jo. She had some crazy colored talons in the 80s. She was ahead of her time. Broke world records in track while in full hair and makeup with fabulous nails did.

  4. Talk about being creative! I can’t imagine the work that must have gone in some of this nail art. I’m not a big fan of loud nail art myself, but for a special occasion (like this one), why not!.
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  5. Nina says:


  6. Whoa…there are some seriously talented people out there. I already struggle enough just painting my nails one solid color–I would never be able to pull off any of those beautiful, intricate designs! I’m impressed!
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  7. gio says:

    Wow! These are so cool and creative!
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  8. Anna says:

    OMG! I drool at all of these! I especially love the athletes with their nails did :)

  9. Lulle says:

    Lol, some of these creations look really crazy 😀
    I love the manicures of the swimmers, pretty cool!
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  10. Emily says:

    These are amazing! I saw a gallery of Olympic swimmers’ nail art on People magazine’s site and it was lovely to see the athletes showing their country on their nails!
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  11. All of these manicures are so inspiring! It’s incredible to see what people can come up with when they put their mind to it. :)

    Thanks for compiling all these great looks into a single post, Karen. It was fun to check them all out.
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  12. Tracy says:

    I’m loving watching for these manis too! I heard that there’s nail artists/technicians in the Athlete’s Village that will do manis for them. Pretty cool I say!
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  13. Kathleen says:

    Loved seeing this! I wish I had nail art talent. They are all so creative.

  14. Kim says:

    Some of those designs are amazing. I think it’s awesome that the athletes are being creative with their nails. The chlorinated water must wreak havoc on the polish but it just looks so darn cool that it’s worth it. Plus, it’s probably really relaxing for them to have it done. :)

    • Karen says:

      Me too! It’s really cool to see nail art having a moment. Before this the only person I can remember rockin’ the cool nails was FloJo back in the ’80s.

      • Kim says:

        That’s true. It takes so much time (and artistic ability) to create beautiful nail art. It’s nice to see people getting some much deserved recognition. :)

  15. Lynda Wyatt says:

    Wow, really inspiring nails.. and photos! Great work. Makes me want to get more creative!!
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