Painted fingernails decorate the hands of Lena Schoneborn, of Germany
Painted fingernails decorate the hands of Lena Schoneborn, of Germany, as she comforts Margaux Isaksen, of the United States, after Isaksen finished fourth in the women's modern pentathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Five events, five countries
German pentathlete Lena Schoeneborn has the nails of her right hand painted in the national colors of Germany (from top), Ghana, Czech Republic, Jamaica and Switzerland. Schoeneborn, who won the gold medal in 2008 in Beijing, did not medal in London.
White and red all over
A Polish sprinter's nails are decked out in her country's colors prior to round one of the women's 4x100-meter relay at Olympic Stadium last week.
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Painted fingernails decorate the hands of Lena Schoneborn of Germany, as she comforts Margaux Isaksen, of the United States, after Isaksen finished fourth in the women's modern pentathlon Sunday.
Tri to win
Germany's Ariane Friedrich shows off her national pride as she competes in the women's high jump qualifying rounds last week.
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Close to home
Laura Trott of Great Britain was true to the homeland while competing in women's omnium cycling Thursday at the Olympic velodrome.
One for the home folks
Airine Palsyte of Lithuania shows off her painted fingernails as she competes in the high jump on Day 13 of the games at Olympic Stadium.
Gun and fun
Japan's Yukie Nakayama grips her rifle with confidence — and style! — in the women's trap shooting competition.
Having a ball
This ball girl couldn't seem to settle on just one pattern as she shows off her highly decorated digits at a men's volleyball match.
Colombian swimmer Carolina Colorado Henao wears her nation's flag on most of her fingers — but honors the host country on her thumbs.
Nail that jumper!
France's Emmeline Ndongue shows her spirit as she cheers on her basketball teammates during a preliminary game.
Insane for Usain
This woman is so into Usain Bolt she painted her toenails in Jamaica's colors to show her support.
His and hers
Henning Sundwell (right) couldn't let his wife Lis have all the fun. He had Denmark flag painted on his toes to match.
Britain's Laura Trott shows her gold medal that she won during the track cycling women's omnium event on Tuesday.
File these under Union Jack
Bronze medalist Rebecca Adlington of Great Britain shows her emotion, and her patriotism, on the podium during the medal ceremony for the women's 800m freestyle on Day 7 of the Olympics.
Between nail polish and tape, this Team USA volleyballer has got it just about all covered. Hope the ball doesn't ding up all that intricate artwork.
Venus Williams favors the solid nail-polish motif, with just a touch of embellishment. Goes well with the blue eye shadow, no?
Showing her colors
Laura Robson — and her Union Jack fingertips — gets a grip at the Wimbledon venue.
British archer Amy Oliver reaches into her quiver with flag- (and Olympic ring-) decorated fingers.
Ready for your salute
Japanese badminton player Reiko Shiota shows off her brightly coloured nail polish with depictions of both her country's and the host nation's flags. Her earrings give Britain the tie-breaker.
Sehr gut, Fraulein!
What's German for "good-lookin' digits, girl"? When you find out, be sure to tell Kristina Vogel of the German track cycling team.
Simple yet elegant
Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark takes the subtle approach in the nail-polish department — just one little flag embellishment on her little finger.
These colors don't run
Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania probably applied a little extra topcoat when she dressed up her digits — her national flag was still bright and clear after a dip in the pool when Meilutyte won the women's 100m breaststroke.
Looks like Canadian soccer player Robyn Gayle opted for the basic aqua and white combo, presumably to complement that bright red warm-up suit.
Stars and stripes and more stars
U.S. swimmer Jessica Hardy adjusts her cap with a sparkly flourish.
Here's how the Queen painted her nails for the Games. No, not THAT queen — these dressed-up digits belong to U.S. kayaker Caroline Queen.
Mexican archer Aida Roman takes deady aim with some elegantly embellished, Mexican-flag nails.
Vive le France!
French swimmer Coralie Balmy makes waves in the pool — but there's nothing too splashy about those understated nails bearing le drapeau tricolore.
U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin styled up her ring fingers, but kept it basic on all the others.
Take a good look at the nailwork on this field hockey player — because her artwork already is showing scuffs from gritty Games competition.
Real 'hep' cat
That's the Russian flag — times 10 — on the fingers of heptathlete Olga Kurban.
Mexico's Luz Mercedes Acosta Valdez, her nails painted with her national flag and the British banner, powders up for weightlifting competition.