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Missy Franklin's funky Olympic manicure takes the gold

Britain's Rebecca Adlington poses with her bronze medal

Britain's Rebecca Adlington poses with her bronze medal for the women's 400-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Credit: AP

Funky manicures have been a topic of conversation lately among Newsday's style team, so it's fun to see that even Olympic athletes are diving right into the trend.

It may seem odd that a manicure would be part of preparation for one of the world's most prestigious sporting events, but think of all those photos of athletes holding their medals. Who wants their moment on the podium marred by chipped nails?

Perhaps in an effort to fight water-logged fingers, the swimmers seem to be taking the lead. Lucky for them, Minx Nails is on site providing all the primping services they could need.

American swimmer Missy Franklin placed her hand on her heart as the U.S. National Anthem played in honor of her women's 100 meter backstroke victory Monday, showing a red manicure with stars and stripes painted on her ring finger (below).


French swimmer Coralie Balmy sported arguably the most stylish nails, with her country's colors striped subtly along each perfectly manicured tip. Australia's Emily Seebohm (below) decided to forego patriotism for bright green and yellow nails to match her swim cap, and Hungary's Zsuzsanna Jakabos opted for turquoise and blue designs remeniscent of water.

Carolina Colorado Henao of Colombia (below) and Jenny Helsing of Germany played good guests, dedicating their nails to both their home countries and England. 

While some of the tips were surprisingly lengthy for competitive swimmers-- we're talking to you, Stefania Pirozzi and Miriea Belmonte Garcia-- we're glad to see these star athletes are willing to take a risk in the name of fashion.

Below, an Olympic-themed manicure designed by Newsday reader Caroline Hines, 9, of East Northport, and painted by her mom, Kim.

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