Courtesy of Minx NailsAna Dragovic, Vogue
The length of a fingertip can mean the difference between silver and gold for an Olympic athlete, so it's no wonder that nails are playing a starring role at the London Games, with everyone from medal winners Venus Williams and Sanya Richards-Ross to Missy Franklin sporting patriotic flag-print manicures.
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To ensure that their nails remain a matter of national pride, the pros at Minx have enlisted their official U.K. distributor, Sweet Squared, who have set up strategic outposts at Olympic venues throughout London. There, athletes can choose from any of the 204 national flag appliqués they've designed for the
occasion-then sit for a manicure with one of their skilled technicians. The decals are virtually chip-proof and last up to 14 days, making them nearly as indomitable as their Olympic counterparts. U.S. volleyball champion Misty May-Treanor has already stopped by for a set of Stars & Stripes, while British swimmer Rebecca Adlington won bronze wearing the company's Union Jack decals.
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Thankfully, one needn't be able to paddle, sprint, or backstroke their way to a world record to display their team spirit. The brand's exclusive Flag Collection is available now on its new website, minxtastingroom.com, for fans who wish to show their support stateside.
Minx Flag Collection, $19.95 per pack, minxtastingroom.com
Take a closer look at Minx's customizable nail appliqués.
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