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Nail art in the colours of the US flag is seen on the fingernails of Morgan Pressel of Team USA as she lines up her putt at the 13th hole during her foursomes match against Team Europe on the first day of the 2011 Solheim Cup golf tournament at Killeen Castle in Ireland September 23, 2011. Image by: CATHAL MCNAUGHTON / REUTERS
The Olympic rings are seen painted onto the nails of Team GB's Aimee Willmott during a training session at the main pool of the Aquatics Centre before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London. Image by: TOBY MELVILLE / REUTERS
An archer from Britain sporting fingernails painted in the color of the Union Jack fires an arrow in the women's archery team eliminations at the Lords Cricket Ground. Image by: SUHAIB SALEM / REUTERS
Australian rower Renee Chatterton sports her painted nails as she waits for the athlete's shuttle bus at the rowing venue in Eton Dorney at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Image by: KAI PFAFFENBACH / REUTERS
Badminton player Reiko Shiota shows off her brightly coloured nail polish with depictions of both the Japanese and the Union flags as she arrives with other memebrs of Japan's Olympic team and delegation for the London 2012 Olympic Games at Heathrow Airport in London July 22, 2012. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS HEADSHOT TRANSPORT BADMINTON) Image by: LUKE MACGREGOR / Reuters
A woman shows her nails painted in Jamaica's colours, in support of athlete Usain Bolt, at the House of Jamaica in the O2 centre during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Image by: NEIL HALL / Reuters
France's Emmeline Ndongue has her finger nails painted in the French flag colors as she yells from the bench to her team mates during the women's preliminary round Group B basketball match against Australia at the Basketball Arena during the London. Image by: MIKE SEGAR / REUTERS
Soccer player Robyn Gayle of Canada (R) gets her nails done at the athletes village at the Olympic Park in London. The Opening Ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics. Image by: POOL / REUTERS
While professional swimmers aren't typically considered beauty trendsetters, more eyes were on British swimmer Rebecca Adlington's Union Jack nails than her bronze medal when she came third in the 400m freestyle on July 29.
And Adlington isn't the only one to have embraced the trend -- with US tennis ace Venus Williams flashing stars-and-stripes themed nails during a press conference at the Olympic Stadium and Mexican archer Aida Roman sporting a gold design with her country's national colours for the women's team quarterfinal.
Other impressive manicures have included German track cycling team member Kristina Vogel's black, red and gold design and Mexican weightlifter Luz Mercedes Acosta Valdez's incorporation of both Mexico's and Great Britain's flags.
The woman behind many of the most impressive Olympic manicures is London nail artist Sophy Robson, who joined forces with Procter & Gamble (P&G) to provide nail services to athletes and guests at the Olympic Village in Stratford.
"For Max Factor, I created 207 country flag designs, which are being hand painted on athletes and their families at the P&G salons across London. Each design is based on the flags colours; however people can come in and choose whatever they want or a variation of different flags," Robson told MTV Style.
"The focus on the athletes' nails has been unprecedented and I think it is brilliant for the nail industry that the mainstream is noticing it. If it takes athletes of world class status to bring nail art in to peoples living rooms and makes it acceptable, then I think it's a great thing."
Meanwhile, an array of Olympic nail art tutorials can be found online, with a design blending Union Jacks with the Olympic Rings by pixiepolish one of the most impressive.