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Go for the Gold: Rio Olympics 2016 Nail Art Gallery

Go for the Gold: Rio Olympics 2016 Nail Art Gallery

08.12.16

By Kiana Martin

While this year’s Olympics may have experienced more controversy than Britney Spears in 2007, there’s one thing it’s done right and that is showcase incredible athletes who happen to be rocking incredible manis. Here, a gallery dedicated to the gold, silver and bronze-winning nail art of the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

Go for the Gold: Rio Olympics 2016 Nail Art Gallery

This year’s Olympics may be rife with sexism, but that doesn’t mean it should be the defining characteristic. The Rio Olympics has brought amazing female athletes such as Simone Biles, Corey Cogdell, Dana Vollmer and a slew of other talents to the forefront of international media; athlete’s whose success sheds light on the progress we’ve made as a collective society, as well as the journey we have yet to undertake.

While nothing could overshadow their athletic accomplishments, we wanted to shine a spotlight on the nail art that should be in it of itself an Olympic game! These ladies are not only bringin’ some fierce athletic game, they’re rockin’ a fierce mani game that is giving sports a run for its money. Below, a gallery of Olympic nail art designs that deserve their own medal of excellency.

Tamires Cássia Dias Gomes

Tamires Cassia Dias Gomes - Brazil Soccer Team | Rio Olympics 2016 Nail Art Gallery; see it at http://www.nailitmag.com/2016-rio-olympics

Tamires Cassias Dias Gomes, Brazil soccer team, at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images.

Brazilian soccer player, Tamires Cassia Dias Gomes, rocks a beautiful nail art design inspired by her country’s flag. We love the accent nail and play on colors!

Heather Bansley

Heather Bansley - Canada Beach Volleyball Team | Rio Olympics 2016 Nail Art Gallery; see it at http://www.nailitmag.com/2016-rio-olympics

Heather Bansley, Canada Beach Volleyball athlete, at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images.

Canadian beach volleyball athlete, Heather Bansley, shows some national pride and a love for negative space nail designs with these red and white maple leafs.

Manika Batra

Manika Batra - India Table Tennis Team | Rio Olympics 2016 Nail Art Gallery; see it at http://www.nailitmag.com/2016-rio-olympics

Manika Batra of India’s Table Tennis team at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Photo Credit: Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images.

Indian’s table tennis star, Manika Batra, wears her flag on her fingers during the singles qualifications round of the 2016 Olympics.

Saskia Loretta van Erven Garcia

Saskia Loretta van Erven Garcia - Colombia Fencing Team | Rio Olympics 2016 Nail Art Gallery; see it at http://www.nailitmag.com/2016-rio-olympics

Colombian Fencer, Saskia Loretta van Erven Garcia, at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Photo Credit: Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images.

Colombian fencer, Saskia Loretta van Erven Garcia, sports her national flag’s colors during the welcoming ceremony of the Colombian Olympics team.

Madison Kocian

Madison Kocian - US Gymnastics Team | Rio Olympics 2016 Nail Art Gallery; see it at http://www.nailitmag.com/2016-rio-olympics

US Gymnasty Madison Kocian at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Photo Credit: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images.

US gymnast Madison Kocian knows nothing beats a good classic as she sports a set of crisp, chic French tips.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams - US Tennis | Rio Olympics 2016 Nail Art Gallery; see it at http://www.nailitmag.com/2016-rio-olympics

US Tennis player Serena Williams at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Photo Credit: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images.

Ever the trendsetter, Serena Williams slays it with an American flag-inspired accent manicure. Drawing inspiration from nail artists before her, she knows that sometimes all you need to make a powerful statement is a great accent nail.

Monica Puig

Monica Puig - Puerto Rico Tennis | Rio Olympics 2016 Nail Art Gallery; see it at http://www.nailitmag.com/2016-rio-olympics

Monica Puig of the Puerto Rican Tennis team at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Photo Credit: Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images

Puerto Rican tennis player Monica Puig celebrates her third round-win and on-trend nail art.

Simone Biles

Simone Biles - US Gymnast | Rio Olympics 2016 Nail Art Gallery; see it at http://www.nailitmag.com/2016-rio-olympics

Simone Biles, US Gymnast, at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images.

In one of our favorite nail art designs of the Olympics, US gymnast Simone Biles wears the stars and stripes in a manicure that combines a French tip and accent nail. Ooh la la!

Montenegrin Handball Team

Montenegrin Handball Team | Rio Olympics 2016 Nail Art Gallery; see it at http://www.nailitmag.com/2016-rio-olympics

Montenegrin Handball team vs. Spain at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Photo Credit: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images.

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Wearing the colors of the Olympic rings, the Montenegrin Handball team’s collective nail art photo is heart-warming and goes to show that nail art knows no borders!

Congratulations to the athletes who participated in this year’s Olympics! We’re so proud of you and your achievements; keep rocking that nail art!

Which Olympic nail design was your favorite?

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