Even with Covid-19 shrinking the audience to a full-size chunk, athletes dressed to impress at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, with extravagant and extremely detailed nail art, a staple at many of the biggest events in the world. competition.
Although it’s just the small details, intricate manicures, often adorned with the Olympic logo or a country’s flag, have become an increasingly popular tradition at the Games, both as a form of personal expression and a means of conveying national pride.
Nail art is so in demand by athletes that salons have been set up in Olympic Villages during the last Games, and can be so crowded that it is difficult to get a date.
Top athletes have been acclaimed with their creations this year, including Sunisa Lee, who made history as the first Asian-American woman to win gymnastics’ most prestigious title, the Olympic all-around, while threading glossy acrylic nails with Olympic theme.
Many of these Olympians have had to adapt their looks to strict beauty standards for their sports, such as gymnastics, which prohibits brightly colored nail polish to avoid distracting the judges.